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Boone County, Missouri

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Boone County, Missouri, located in the central part of the state, has a rich history that dates back centuries. Before European settlers arrived, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage. The first European exploration of the region came in the late 17th century, with French explorers venturing into the area. However, it was not until the 1800s that Boone County began to be settled by Europeans.

The county is named after Daniel Boone, a legendary American frontiersman and explorer, who spent the last years of his life in the area. Boone County was officially established in 1820, and the town of Columbia was selected to be the county seat. The early settlers of Boone County were primarily farmers, growing crops such as corn and tobacco, and raising livestock.

In the mid-19th century, Boone County played a significant role in the conflict over slavery in the United States. The county was divided over the issue, with some residents supporting slavery and others advocating for its abolition. During the American Civil War, Boone County saw its fair share of military clashes and skirmishes, as both Union and Confederate forces sought control of the region.

After the war, Boone County entered a period of growth and development. Columbia, the county seat, became a center of commerce and education, with the establishment of the University of Missouri in 1839. Throughout the 20th century, Boone County continued to expand, both in population and economic opportunities. Today, it is a thriving area with a diverse economy, including agriculture, healthcare, education, and technology.

Overall, the history of Boone County, Missouri, reflects the larger societal shifts and struggles of the nation as a whole, from its Native American roots to its involvement in the Civil War and its subsequent development.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Boone County, Missouri.

  • 1801: Boone County is established as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1818: The Town of Columbia is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • 1821: Missouri becomes a state, including Boone County.
  • 1839: The University of Missouri is established in Columbia.
  • 1859: The first railroad line reaches Boone County.
  • 1861-1865: Boone County sees significant Civil War activity.
  • 1872: Stephens College, a women's college, is founded in Columbia.
  • 1878: The Missouri State Normal School (now Truman State University) is established in Columbia.
  • 1892: The MKT railroad line is completed, connecting Boone County to major cities.
  • 1907: Boone Hospital Center is founded in Columbia.
  • 1928: The University of Missouri School of Music is founded.
  • 1948: The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital opens in Columbia.
  • 1964: The Columbia Regional Airport is established.