We returned home to Chicago late this evening and I have been chewing through my photos, one after another after another. This has been a blast and the photos I was able to get in this beautiful little humble town was better than I expected. The town laid itself out voluntarily to my lens.

Amazingly the weather was GREAT, even for December. Most of these images were attained on Christmas day in between family visits, leaving about an hour for my fiancee to walk me around pointing out great spots. She was wonderful in helping me find spots for each location. It definitely helps that she grew up there. 😉

I had the extra advantage of staying at a home in direct vicinity to the river, many historical buildings and main street. All an easy walk about. Like I said, most of these were taken in a one hour circle. The river side piece was taken the evening prior on my way into Columbia to meet some old friends I dearly missed.

I want to throw out a quick little excerpt on Boonville, MO. Who better to quote than one of the local city historical descriptions. This way you have a better grasp on the town and surrounding history.

>>  Clipped from BoonvilleMo.org

… Native Americans, inhabited the area for 10,000 years. In the early 1800’s Daniel Boone’s sons, Nathan and Daniel Morgan, came upon the salt lick in present day Howard County, just across the river. Recognizing the value of salt for pioneers, the Boone brothers settled and opened shop, thus the original Boone’s Lick or Boonslick name. In 1810 widow Hannah Cole and her nine children homesteaded the Boonslick area. The town was formally platted in 1817 and prospered in the late 1820’s. Throughout the 1820’s and 30’s the town was home to river trade and a jumping-off point for the Santa Fe Trail. On February 10, 1839, the city was officially incorporated.  

The development of the railroad and the start of the Civil War dramatically changed Boonville. Because of its prime location on the river, Boonville was sought after by both the Confederates and the Union armies. Boonville saw two civil war battles, two occupations and is the intersection of south and north, east and west. Boonville is proud to preserve, celebrate, and recognize all of its history. With over 400 historic properties on the National Register in the city alone…

By the way, I want to note something here. Something that, since I found my beautiful fiancee, I have noticed as a very common mistake. Even seen it on the wonderful iPad app “Stuck on Earth” (Highly recommended)… But the mistake is, Boonville is spelled with no “e” after the “n”. I know, I know, seems unnecessary to say right?… hell I did it for 2 years before I found the error of my ways. This awareness and keen understanding can easily be attributed to the fact her mother has deep roots in the local historical society, city council and was an Archivist at the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection at University of Missouri. So that said, I certainly learned how to spell it by way of my Janey. haha.

Edit: I also want to note, Janey’s father grew up here as well. So that added to the extra information available.

So I will now begin our journey into the photowalk of historic and beautiful, Booneville… oh wait, Boonville, MO…

Love you guys. 😉

The afternoon was warm for a clear December day. The birds were… who am I kidding, you want me to shut up and show the pictures right?

Sidegame for Boonville Residents: “Name that building” – Underneath Architectural Photos, you’ll notice a number. Post the appropriate building name or business in the comments below, with the related building number. There are plenty of hints throughout. Only the true Missourians will get em all.

Building #1
Building #2
Building #3
Building #4,5,6

Building #7
Bonus points if you know this dogs name
Building #8
Building #9 – Too big of a hint, right?
Building #4 (hint: you’ve already guess this one if you have for those above)
Stay tuned for the upcoming Boonville historic jail series….