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Boone County Missouri
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Boone County was organized November 16, 1820, from a portion of the territorial Howard
County. The area was then known as Boone's Lick Country, because of a salt lick which
Daniel Boone's sons used for their stock.
Boone County was settled primarily from the Upper South states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The settlers brought slaves and slave-holding with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. Boone was one of several counties settled by Southerners to the north and south of the Missouri River. Because of its culture and traditions, the area became known as Little Dixie, and Boone County
was at its heart. In 1860 slaves made up 25
percent or more of the county's population, and Little Dixie was strongly pro-Confederate
during the American Civil War.