Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Boone, North Carolina stands as a charming town with a fascinating history. From its humble Native American roots to its thriving cultural scene today, Boone's past has shaped its present in profound ways and it is a town important enough to be included in the Preserve America program that is focused on preserving historically important American communities.
Boone's history dates back thousands of years when it served as a seasonal hunting ground for Native American tribes like the Cherokee. These tribes lived in harmony with the scenic landscape, leaving behind traces of their vibrant culture.
In the late 18th century, European settlers began to arrive in the region. The town was named after the renowned American frontiersman, Daniel Boone, who famously traversed the area. Boone's impact on the town's identity is immeasurable, and his influence is still felt today.
The 19th century marked a period of growth for the town as the arrival of the railroad brought increased accessibility and economic opportunities. Boone transformed from a small rural community into a vibrant center of trade and industry.
Boone's history also shines through its role as an educational hub, with the establishment of Appalachian State University in 1899. The university brought an influx of students and faculty, contributing to the town's cultural diversity and intellectual growth. In fact, one of the people here who works for Mint Message is an alumnus of Appalachian State University and a former resident of Boone, NC.
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4. Crutchfield, Robbie F. "Boone—A Mountain Town with an Academic Air." Watauga County Historical Society, 2012, wataugacountyhistoricalsociety.org/boone-a-mountain-town-with-an-academic-air/.