Boonville Heart of the Katy Trail


Barn blockOld railroad bridge near Boonville.  Photo by Pat HilgedickBoonville, the second largest city in the Boonslick, lies on the Katy Trail at milepost 192. The town was first established on the wooded bluffs on the south side of the Missouri River. Harley Park, an 11 acre public park on the west side of Boonville which contains ball fields, playgrounds, picnic facilities and four historic Indian mounds, provides a beautiful view of the river valley below.

Boonville boasts over 450 local sites and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city now owns the Katy Railroad Bridge (right) built in 1932 across the Missouri River and efforts are underway to convert it to a walking/biking bridge as part of the Katy Trail.

Historic Cooper County JailThespian HallThespian Hall (right) is the longest continually operated theater west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was built in 1855 and served as a hospital and morgue during the Civil War. The historic Cooper County Jail (left) is also located in Boonville.

The Isle of Capri Casino on the banks of the Missouri River also draws visitors to the city.

Boonville hosts three festivals including the Boonville Heritage Days in June, the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in August and the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Show in September.

For more information about Boonville, visit www.goboonville.com.