20 apartments for rent in Historic Old Southwest, Columbia, MO
Historic Old Southwest is a stately neighborhood of elegant, two-story homes, reflecting the grandeur of the city’s early days. Red brick streets can still be found in some blocks, and sidewalks invite a stroll along the estate-like lawns and homes.
Not surprisingly, the neighborhood is very close to some of the most historic places in Columbia. For instance, Columbia Cemetery dates to 1820 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the final resting place of many of the city’s founding families and Columbia’s legendary musician J. W. “Blind” Boone. Also buried here are two Revolutionary War soldiers.
The first state university west of the Mississippi, the University of Missouri, is also the home of the world’s first journalism school. On the U. of M. campus is a statue of Beetle Bailey, the cartoon character created by alum Mort Walker. Nearby is the The Shack, the pub Walker drew on for the strip.
Great recreational sites are equally convenient. Just along the south boundary of Historic Old Southwest lies the MKT Trail. Beginning near the old Katy Station Depot, this 9-mile segment links to the larger system, the Katy Trail, which is the longest rail-to-trail hiking and biking trail in the country.
Giant Cosmo Park is also close. Cosmo has a public golf course, Nickell Park, and an off-leash dog area at Bear Creek Nature Area. The ARC is the park’s large, new activity and recreation center. The Skate Park at Cosmo is nationally recognized for its elaborate 28,000 square foot street course.
Just west is Columbia Mall. It is anchored by Dillard’s, Sears, JC Penney, and Target. There is a Barnes and Noble here as well as an Ann Taylor Loft and numerous eateries.