/boohn/, n.1. Daniel, 1734-1820, American pioneer, esp. in Kentucky.2. Pat, born 1934, U.S. singer.3. a city in central Iowa. 12,602.4. a town in NW North Carolina. 10,191.
* * *city, Boone county, central Iowa, U.S., just east of the Des Moines River, 15 miles (25 km) west of Ames. Founded in 1865, it was originally called Montana but was renamed (1871) to honour Captain Nathan Boone, son of frontiersman Daniel Boone (Boone, Daniel). The railroad arrived in 1866 and contributed to the town's growth. With the annexation in 1887 of adjacent Boonesboro (established 1851), it became the county seat. Boone Biblical College was founded in 1891 and the Boone campus of Des Moines Area Community College in 1969.The city's economy is sustained by agriculture, railroads, and light manufacturing. Mamie Dowd Eisenhower (Eisenhower, Mamie), wife of Dwight D. Eisenhower (Eisenhower, Dwight D.), was born there, and her birthplace has been restored as a museum. Ledges State Park is 4 miles (6 km) south. The Kate Shelley Memorial High Bridge, just to the west across the Des Moines valley, is one of the highest (185 feet [56 metres] above the river) and longest (2,685 feet [818 metres]) railroad bridges in the country. The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad operates steam and other trains from Boone to Fraser (northwest) and has a railway museum. The annual Pufferbilly Days festival in early September highlights Boone's railroad heritage. Inc. town, 1866; city, 1868. Pop. (1990) 12,392; (2000) 12,803.town, seat of Watauga county, northwestern North Carolina, U.S. It is situated atop the Blue Ridge Mountains (Blue Ridge) at an elevation of 3,266 feet (995 metres) near the Tennessee border. On the Daniel Boone (Boone, Daniel) Trail at the fork of the Wilderness Road, the settlement was incorporated in 1871 and named for Boone (Boone, Daniel), the pioneer who, according to tradition, camped there while on a hunting trip.A noted mountain vacation spot with fishing, hunting, and ski areas, it also has a large burley tobacco market and is a beef and dairy cattle centre. Electrical components, apparel, furniture, and canned foods are produced there. Boone is the seat of Appalachian State University (1899), part of the University of North Carolina (North Carolina, University of) system, which possesses a collection of Appalachian artifacts in its Belk Library. The outdoor pioneer drama Horn in the West by Kermit Hunter has been produced each summer since 1952 in the Daniel Boone Theatre; the theatre is adjacent to the Hickory Ridge Homestead, an outdoor history museum. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes just to the south and east of town, and Pisgah National Forest is a short distance to the southwest. Pop. (1990) 12,915; (2000) 13,472.
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