The Columbia Cemetery, measuring a total of 35 acres of land n the western edge of downtown Columbia, was established in 1820. It was already in existence when the city was incorporated, making it the oldest business in the city. It sits on top of a hilltop, littered with mature trees, and overlooking the downtown area, as well as the University of Missouri.
One of the most notable things about the Columbia Cemetery is that it continuously lives its tradition of offering affordable burial options to grieving families. However, the site is also the resting place of a series of distinguished individuals like politicians, University of Missouri presidents, and artists.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Columbia Cemetery continues to provide its original services to the public. It is now under the management of the Columbia Cemetery Association.