History of Boone County
By an act of the Legislature approved November 16, 1820, Boone County was organized out of a portion of the territory of Howard, "the mother of counties."
The county was named in honor of Daniel Boone, the old Kentucky and Missouri pioneer, hunter and Indian fighter, who died in Femme Osage Township, St. Charles County, in the latter State, September 26, 1820, less than two months before the county was organized. As early as 1812-13, before the tide of flagrant war reached the interior of the territory of Missouri, a few of the emigrant Kentuckians that settled in Cooper's Bottom, in Howard County, ventured to the rich and higher lands on the east side of the Moniteau Creek, in the neighborhood of "Thrall's Prairie," as it was afterward called; and they were emboldened to make this venture by the protection afforded by Head's Fort, a small stockade defense, so named in honor of Captain Million Head, who was himself an emigrant. This fort was situated at a spring of never-failing water in a bend of the Moniteau, on the east side of the creek, and about two miles north of the present town of Rocheport.
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