Boonville, Missouri

Booneville, Missouri, U.S.A, is a town of approximately 8000 people. Boonville is located in Missouri's Cooper County. The town is 2 hours from St.Louis and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Kansas City.Boonville has a subtropical climate and is subject to intense seasonality, being vulnerable to tornadoes. The town has an area of 18.61 square km, with 0.83 sq. km being made up of water.

History Of Boonville

City of Boonville Visitor Center sign
City of Boonville Visitor Center sign, with historic train depot in background.

The town was named after Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boon, who started trading salt in this area in the early 1800s. The first settlers were Hannah and Stephen Cole in 1810. Boonville was named the county seat of Howard County but later became the county seat of Cooper County. Boonville was an important city within westward expansion as the United States grew in size through conquest and treaty-making. Many famous visitors ended up in or around Boonville on their way to settle the west. The town was a battleground in the U.S Civil War, as Union and Confederate forces attempted to seize the area. Union forces won the first battle of Boonville in 1861, and the Confederates recaptured the city in 1864. Ultimately, the Confederates lost the war, and Boonville continued as a part of the United States for the rest of its history. Boonville was an important transit hub during the expansion of the railroads in the post-civil war era. The town was also entrenched in Jim Crow doctrine. However, it began to reshape itself after the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. During the ensuing decades, many abandoned railway trails were converted into parkland for civilian use.

Demographics Of Boonville

Boonville is 78 percent white, with a 10 percent African-American population as well. There is a 7 percent mixed-race population and a 2 percent Hispanic population. Approximately 54 percent of Boonville identifies with a religion. The majority follow some form of protestant Christianity, 15.4 percent of which adhere to the Baptist tradition. About 12 percent of the religious population is Catholic. The city skews cis males at around 55 percent, with the cis female population being 44 percent.

Economy Of Boonville

Manufacturing is one of the main economic outputs of Boonville, with about 10 percent of the population holding some job in this field. Boonville is a transportation center, with 4 percent of the population holding a job in the industry. There are also warehouses for trucking in the town. Approximately 15 percent of Boonville works in retail, and 5 percent in finance. The biggest employment industry in Boonville and the surrounding area is healthcare, with 18 percent of residents working in this field.

Attractions In Boonville

Historic railroad Katy Bridge over Missouri River at Boonville
Historic railroad Katy Bridge over Missouri River at Boonville.

The biggest attraction in Boonville is the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a former railway converted into a park frequented by hikers and cyclists. The trail stretches 225 miles, and Boonville is situated nearly in the middle of it. The Warm Spring Ranch hosts tours to take you through the process of creating Budweiser Clydesdales. Lewis Millers Mitchell Collection is a garage with an assortment of early 1900's automobiles. You can also visit the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel to try your luck and win big. Boonville also converges with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. This trail commemorates the famous 1804 journey of Merriweather Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea, and William Clarks alongside many other expedition members. You can also search for antiques at the Bygones antique store.

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