In 1923, a mob gathered on the Stewart Bridge near the University of Missouri campus. The question: Would they hang James Scott? A COURSE IN APPLIED LYNCHING/ A hundred years ago, John Stewart, former judge of the Boone County Court, stood at the edge of the University of Missouri campus and looked west at the rolling hills of his pastureland. He saw the future: a neighborhood of large modern houses, each architecturally unique but suited to the others. Prewired houses, preplumbed and connected by miles of underground gas, water and sewer lines. Deep, wooded lots, brick-paved streets, a little parkland for children and dogs to enjoy, all within walking distance of campus and downtown. Like many developers who followed him, he stood to make a fortune selling the good life to the residents of the city of Columbia. There was an obstacle, however. Between the campus and Stewart's pasture was a ravine thirty feet deep, at the bottom of which lay Flat Branch Creek and the MKT railroad tracks. When necessary, people scrambled down the side of the ravine, crossed the creek on mudcaked planks and climbed up the other side, but this was not an appetizing prospect
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 8, 2004
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