Ghosts of CoMo’s Past
College hangouts come and go through the years.
Over the decades, friendships have been forged, couples have fallen in love, and tuition has been earned at Columbia’s innumerable student hangouts, some of which are now extinct. Here are a few that didn’t stand the test of time.
1104–1106 E. Broadway • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Central Dairy building was constructed in two phases starting in 1927 and finishing in 1940. Through the 1950s, the ice-cream parlor was a popular date destination — and a place where Mizzou’s male students went to meet Stephens College students. Now it is home to Downtown Appliance.
704 Conley Ave. • Beetle Bailey comic strip creator Mort Walker, BA ’48, once joked that The Shack would never burn because its wood was too beer-soaked. Alas, one of the most famous college hangouts in Mizzou history met its fiery demise on Halloween night in 1988. An expanded motif, complete with campus artifacts on display and The Shack’s trademark initial-carved booths, has been recreated at the MU Student Center.
Intersection of Champions Drive and Providence Road • For Mizzou students in the 1950s, live music meant jazz. Local saxophone talent Al Rose appeared frequently at The Stable, which had a unique feature — fold-down sides that opened up the space for its big performances when the weather was nice.
The Stein Club
Eighth Street just north of Tiger Hotel • Opened in 1948 and one of the only places in town to serve 5 percent alcohol-by-volume beer, the Stein Club wasn’t for claustrophobes. Patrons cozied up in the approximately 20-foot-by-40-foot space where owner Edward “Country” Atkins had a local monopoly on Michelob. The Atkins family sold the business in 1975, and the bar closed shortly thereafter.
Gaebler’s Black and Gold Inn
706 Conley Ave. • Fred Gaebler, A&S ’42, and wife Olinda opened the Black and Gold Inn in 1931, two years after they had established the adjacent Dining Car restaurant. The former was an energetic “jelly joint,” a place where students could go to dance and hear live jazz played by greats such as Trenton, Mo., native Yank Lawson. The dance floor, or “poop deck,” was upstairs to circumvent a city law forbidding dancing on a restaurant’s main floor. The Black and Gold was sold in the ’50s, becoming the Italian Village and later the Huddle.