This week's photos from around Columbia...
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(Photo: Courtesy of Pam Cook)
In last week's "About Town," we mentioned a monkey owned by a couple of residents on the 400 block of Manor Street back in the 1960s. We incorrectly called it a spider monkey, but it was actually a capuchin monkey, commonly known as an "organ grinder's monkey." According to Pam Cook, a relative of the owners, his name was "Zippy." Zippy was born in 1964 and was the delight of the neighborhood, although he could be a bit rambunctious. He was known for jumping on people and mussing their hair, and on rare occasions causing minor injury. One sad day in 2007, however, Zippy was found on the floor of his cage, dead from natural causes.
Rest in peace, Zippy.
This angel at Mount Bethel Cemetery is holding what appears to be - a pacifier?
Here's the other brick memorial walkway in town.
Looks like Christmas in the air.
Here's another sign of Christmas, as well as in the next few photos:
Homer Claus at Geltz Gotz Goodeze
Baby on boards
Church window at Columbia United Methodist Church
Also at the Methodist church
The angel is watching over this group of friends.
A closer look at the General Edward C. Shannon Armory, formerly named after one of Columbia's bona fide war heroes
More Christmas lights . . .
A good ol' Chevy pickup on Heritage Drive
Side view of the same
About to open at the former Prudhomme's - which was the former Rising Sun
Holding a wreath at the Holy Trinity Cemetery
River of fog
"You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows," but sometimes a dolphin helps.
Someone didn't use caution.
At the mural: spelling error corrected.
Sometimes a sidewalk is just a living room.
Tearing down at Bootleg Antiques
Covering up at Bootleg Antiques
Truck 80 about to ride off into the sunset
One of the Columbia Water Company's secret water tanks
To make ends meet, Santa sometimes works part-time as a doorman.
Trailer under the bridge
Santa's coming to town again to collect Toys for Tots down at the bridge.
Yes, it stopped. It's not budgeted for 2019.
About to install a wheelchair-accessible ramp
Steam cleaning the sidewalk on Florence
Laying it out in the 400 block of Avenue G
Rollin' on down the tracks
Here's the cross.
And heres the datestone.
St. John's Lutheran
(Here and below.)
Holy Trinity Church
More of Columbia's many crosses
The former home of the Columbia No. 1 Fire Company on Front Street
It might be getting leased to K.T. Graham, depending on how council votes Monday night.
The COLA building
Two of the doors of Columbia
Ornate plaque at CHiPS
Here's more Columbia history.
Church on the 200 block of Locust
This might belong to the church.
The Market House might open again in 2019.
People used to do this back in the day.
Just another day on Cherry Street
Hawk in the twilight
Red-tails have been quite successful in the area.
They seem to be everywhere around here.
One of their clocks
Similar to, but different from, this one at 5th and Chestnut
Lots of leaves at Locust Street Park
Fortunately, Park Rangers, the Lions Club, and high school students showed up to clean up on Saturday morning, just in time for Santa's arrival at the library.