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There are ninety-nine counties in Iowa. The first two counties, Des Moines County and Dubuque County, were created in 1834 when Iowa was still part of the Michigan Territory. In preparation for Michigan's statehood, part of Michigan Territory was formed into Wisconsin Territory in 1836]. Two years later, the western portion was split off to become Iowa Territory. The south-eastern part of Iowa Territory became Iowa, the 29th state in the union, on 28 December 1846, by which point 44 Counties had been created. Counties continued to be created by the state government until 1857, when the last county, Humboldt County, was created.

Boone County, Iowa

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Boone County is a county located in the state of Iowa. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 26,306. Boone County was created on January 13, 1846. The county seat is Boone. The county is named in honor of Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman and his son, Daniel Nathan Boone (1781–1863), a colonel in the United States Dragoons and one of the first to survey Iowa.

Boone County comprises the Boone, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Des Moines-Ames-West Des Moines, IA Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Boone County Name

Boone county is named for Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman, and his son, Daniel Nathan Boone, a colonel in the U. S. Dragoons.


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Boone County History

Boone County was named as a tribute to Daniel Boone and his son, Colonel Nathan Boone of the US Dragoons. Boone was among the first white men to explore this region and to give an accurate account of the natural resources.

The county was established in 1846. When Boone County originated in 1849, there were about 400 inhabitants. Rivals for the county seat Boonsboro and Boone Station were incorporated in the 1860's. Boonsboro was the original county seat. Boone Station changed its name to Montana, then to Boone. These two towns are now merged into the modern city of Boone, which became the county seat in 1887.

A legendary incident which has been proclaimed throughout the surrounding territory has been linked with Boone County through the heroism of Kate Shelley. The 15 year old Shelley braved a raging rainstorm to warn passengers of a night express that the bridge at Honey Creek had been washed out. She crossed the Des Moines River to Moingona, where the train was to arrive, and averted a terrible catastrophe.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower was born in Boone November 14, 1896. Much of the furniture for the restoration of her Victorian home was provided by the Doud family, and this is one of only two homes of First Ladies to be restored in the United States.

Boone has long been a center for activity of the Chicago and Northwestern Transportation Company, now United Pacific. Out of this railroad heritage has grown the annual Pufferbilly Days Celebration the weekend after Labor Day.

In 1996 Boone County celebrated the sesquicentennial of our county with an open house here at the court house, with tours of the building.

Source: Sheryl Thul, Boone County Recorder, 2002

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 572 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Boone county is located close to the center of Iowa. Ledges State Park is in this county, the sandstone cliffs that give the area the name Ledges were the result of glacial melting. Ledges still floods regularly by the nearby Des Moines River.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Hamilton County
  • East: Story County
  • Southeast: Polk County
  • South: Dallas County
  • West: Greene County
  • Northwest: Webster County


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