Boone is more than just a place to visit on your vacation, as home to Appalachian State University, this is a thriving hometown for thousands of people that call the mountains home. Commerce and tourism walk hand in hand in Boone, if you are staying in the Blowing Rock / Boone area, Boone is certainly a worthwhile day of your vacation.
Boone, NC takes its name from one of its most famous citizens, Daniel Boone. The Boone family liked the area so much that they founded a church there and became part of the foundation of the town. The railroad, like some many other towns in the Smokies was served by the railroad and this brought not only freight but visitors to the area.
In the 20th century, Boone’s ability to bring in the tourist dollar has served it well. The Horn of the West and Tweetsie Railroad are both tied into the history of the area and its proximity to other resort town make tourism a huge part of the city’s budget.
- 17,186 population
- 3,333 (average altitude)
- 36°12′41″N 81°40′7″W
- Watauga County
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