Big Tree Vandalized with Spray-Paint

2 years 10 months 3 days ago April 11, 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11 2013 Thursday, April 11, 2013 7:02:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: Taeler De Haes

BOONE COUNTY - A national landmark and local favorite, Big Tree, was vandalized.

Over the years, people have come to the 350-year-old bur oak tree to relax, look up at the stars and now, find a prom date.

The word "PROM?" was spray-painted red on the center of the tree, nearly 5 feet wide.

This seemingly harmless act has many Columbia residents outraged. 

Ciara Jackson said her best friend showed her the tree several years ago, and she feels this vandalism is disrespectful.

"He needs to realize it's not just about him and his prom date," she said. "It's about everyone in the community."

Mizzou student Bekah Rigby said Big Tree is all about sharing stories and memories.

"The first time I went out there, I was a freshmen," she said. "It's kind of my thinking spot."

Big Tree is the biggest bur oak in North America. It is located in the Missouri River bottoms between McBaine and Huntsdale.

<object width="400" height="300"> <param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkomunews%2Fsets%2F72157633221425889%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkomunews%2Fsets%2F72157633221425889%2F&set_id=72157633221425889&jump_to="></param> <param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984"></param> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984" allowFullScreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkomunews%2Fsets%2F72157633221425889%2Fshow%2F&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fkomunews%2Fsets%2F72157633221425889%2F&set_id=72157633221425889&jump_to=" width="400" height="300"></embed></object>

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - All different vendors rented spaces at Capital Mall Trade Days on Saturday. Home baked goods, fashion... More >>
12 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:43:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A home in North Columbia was damaged Saturday after a bedroom caught fire. Fire crews were called... More >>
13 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:48:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock released statements Saturday on the passing of... More >>
14 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:25:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis wants to win a $50 million challenge aimed at improving transportation. The city... More >>
14 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:56:00 PM CST in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A St. Charles County man has admitted in federal court that he sold the heroin that... More >>
14 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:51:00 PM CST in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Friends of Responsible Agriculture filed a motion for what they said is "another Sunshine Law violation against... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:10:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate made moves this week to fight back against the number one killer of Americans.... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 4:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri researcher has determined that high-impact resistance training in adolescence and young-adulthood increases bone mass... More >>
16 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 3:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City woman who worked as a teacher and lived on a pension left $2... More >>
21 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:33:39 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of Missouri officials say they're looking into whether a graduate student employee union would be legal.... More >>
21 hours ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 11:04:08 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A report on U.S. import and export prices reveals the price of agricultural exports has declined for the... More >>
1 day ago February 13, 2016 Feb 13, 2016 Saturday, February 13 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:42:00 AM CST in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Mid County Fire Protection District responded to a residential fire southeast of Camdenton late Friday afternoon. ... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 8:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Business Loop 70 Community Improvement District, or CID, has applications open for residents, business owners or registered... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 7:09:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced additional disaster assistance for renters in Missouri affected by... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 6:06:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A man is recovering Friday after he jumped into a frozen lake to save the life of his... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:33:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City has created a plan in the city budget to tear down about 800 vacant... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:32:00 PM CST in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Ferguson's mayor says city leaders warned U.S. Department of Justice negotiators last month that they couldn't guarantee... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 4:19:22 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Public Schools will recommend three individuals to fill critical vacancies within the school district to the Board... More >>
1 day ago February 12, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 Friday, February 12 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 3:59:00 PM CST in News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 21°
9am 23°
10am 25°
11am 27°
12pm 31°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00 am
Today Weekend
9:00 am
Meet the Press
10:00 am
Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford
8:30 am
The Key of David
9:00 am
Campmeeting
10:00 am
Discover the Truth

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Saturday Night Live
8:00 pm
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
7:00 pm
It Could Happen to You
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Cougar Town