Boonville, Missouri

Boonville, Missouri

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Boonville, Missouri
settlement_type = City
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image_caption = MKT Depot and Bridge on the Katy Trail



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map_caption = Location of Boonville, Missouri

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map_caption1 = U.S. Census Map

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Missouri
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Cooper
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area_total_km2 = 19.0
area_land_km2 = 17.8
area_water_km2 = 1.2
area_total_sq_mi = 7.3
area_land_sq_mi = 6.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.5

population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 8202
population_density_km2 = 459.8
population_density_sq_mi = 1190.8

timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
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elevation_m = 203
elevation_ft = 666
latd = 38 |latm = 57 |lats = 54 |latNS = N
longd = 92 |longm = 44 |longs = 30 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 65233
area_code = 660
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 29-07318GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0714540GR|3
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Boonville is a city in Cooper County, Missouri, USA. The population was 8,202 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cooper CountyGR|6. The city was the site of a skirmish early in the American Civil War on July 17, 1861. Union forces easily brushed aside a small and poorly equipped force of the Missouri State Guard in the so-called Battle of Boonville.


Boonville is located at coor dms|38|57|54|N|92|44|30|W|city (38.965017, -92.741757)GR|1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²), of which, 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (6.26%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 8,202 people, 2,667 households, and 1,696 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,190.8 people per square mile (459.6/km²). There were 3,041 housing units at an average density of 441.5/sq mi (170.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.22% White, 16.84% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.

There were 2,667 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 20.8% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 138.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 146.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,440, and the median income for a family was $40,294. Males had a median income of $28,498 versus $20,739 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,854. About 9.5% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.


Boonville is near the middle of the Katy Trail, a 225-mile state park enjoyed by cyclists and hikers. Katy Trail Bridge in Boonville, which crosses the Missouri near the [ Isle of Capri Casino] and Historic Selwyn Shoe Factory (which has been refurnished as apartments), has been subject of controversy. The railroad would like the bridge to be taken down so the metal can be melted and reused. However, Friends of Historic Boonville and others across the state oppose the idea.

Annually, Boonville celebrates Boonville Heritage Days. This is a summer weekend event that focuses on heritage. There is a parade, craft booths, and much fun for people of all ages. Other annual events include the Festival of the Leaves, and an annual Halloween parade. There was also a local theater, but due to lack of sales since most people go to nearby Columbia, the theater has been converted to a church. The Thespian Hall downtown is used for concerts, art shows, and plays. There is a small town commitment to the arts in this and surrounding towns.

Notable residents

* Julia Lee, blues singer and pianist
* Minus Story (band)
* Joseph Franklin Rutherford (2nd President of the Jehovah's Witnesses)
* Frederick T. Kemper, founder of school later known as Kemper Military School.
* Colonel Thomas A. Johnston, Builder of Kemper Military School, Superintendent and President from 1881 to 1928.
* Colonel Arthur M. Hitch, Superintendent of Kemper Military School, 1928-1948.
* Walter Williams, founder of the Missouri School of Journalism and former president of the University of Missouri.
* George Graham Vest, U.S. Senator from Missouri
* Henry L. Myers, U.S. Senator from Montana
* Henry S. Benedict, U.S. Congressman from California.
* Nathaniel Albertson, U.S. Congressman from Indiana.
* John Cosgrove, U.S. Congressman from Missouri.
* Dorsey W. Shackleford, U.S. Congressman from Missouri.
* John Gaines Miller, U.S. Congressman from Missouri.
* Robert Patterson Clark Wilson, U.S. Congressman from Missouri.
* Theron Moses Rice, U.S. Congressman from Missouri.
* George Ainslie, Congressional delegate from Idaho Territory.


External links

* [ Official Boonville site]
* [ Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Boonville Historical Society]

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