Seniors Take In Boone

boone-water-towerToday we take in a city in Jim’s home state of Iowa. Senior travelers will find Boone 13 miles west of Ames. There are 12,000+ residents in the city. Boone is the  seat of Boone County which was founded in 1846.

The county was named in the honor of Captain Nathan Boone, a veteran of the War of 1812, a delegate to the Missouri constitutional convention in 1820, and a captain in the 1st United States Regiment of Dragoons. Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, the wife of President Dwight Eisenhower, was born in Boone.

Pufferbilly Days

The city is home to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, which was started in 1893 and contributed to the growth of the city. Coal mining played an important part in the early history of the Boone area.

Coal in Iowa? Yes, at one time lots of it. In 1849, local blacksmiths were already mining coal from the banks of Honey Creek, south of what became Boone.

 Seniors Invited to Pufferbilly Days

Boone was platted as a town in 1865 by John Insley Blair. It was incorporated the following year, when the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company railroad station was built there. Originally named “Montana”, it was renamed Boone in 1871.


Events are ongoing all year and one that senior visitors might enjoy is Pufferbilly Days. This annual event celebrates Boone’s railroad heritage, is held the week after Labor Day and is one of Iowa’s top five community festivals.

Boone has several museums well worth the visit: Boone County Historical Center, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum and another railroad museum, the James H. Andrew.

The Mamie Eisenhower Birthplace Museum is popular, the Brunnier Art Museum has an ensemble of the decorative arts and the Octagon Center for the Arts all await your visit.

The Big Creek State Park and the Ledges State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing, canoeing and swimming. In this video senior visitors will discover Trains, Trails and Treasures.


Seniors Take A Train Ride

TripAdvisor has paid a visit to Boone and suggests a ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad that takes seniors back in time over High Bridge. Seven Oaks Recreation is a family-owned, year-round outdoor recreation center offering skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing, paintball, mountain biking and tent camping.

photo1jpgThen there is Boone Valley Brewing Co. that started with a simple wish to try brewing beer. Toss in your clubs and play a round or two at Honey Creek Golf Club, an 18 hole championship golf course nestled in the beautiful trees, rolling hills, and scenery of the Ledges State Park.

I’d wander over to nearby Madrid and visit the The Iowa Arboretum, located on 415 acres in Boone County’s Des Moines River Valley. Hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowering plants are showcased in a tranquil setting and woodland and prairie trails provide wonderful outdoor walking opportunities.

Enjoy Boone folks!  -jeb

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