The land is known as Adrian’s Island after a local businessman, Harry Adrian, claimed the land in the 1960s and later gave it to the Jefferson City housing authority. It stretches along the southern bank of the river by the Capitol and ends by the now-shuttered Missouri State Penitentiary.
Geographically, the land is less an island than a peninsula.
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The island’s creation began after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built wing dams in the river to improve the navigation channel for boats.
Water flowing downriver brought dirt and debris that was deposited between the two dams and began to create a land mass.
Although it is connected to the southern riverbank, the six Union Pacific railroad tracks that separate it from the rest of the city make it seem like an island.
The land has been the subject of speculation in this city of 42,000 residents since it began forming.
Under one plan floated in 1974, the city discussed building restaurants, shops and a golf course.
Little moved forward until 2018, when local businesswoman B.J. DeLong, who died earlier this month, contributed $3.2 million toward construction of the bridge over the railroad to the island.
The project is expected to cost about $5 million, with private donors paying the bulk of the cost. The state put $500,000 toward the project in the budget signed by Gov. Mike Parson in June.
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