1 City (2020 pop. 12,242), seat of Boone co., central Iowa, on
the Des Moines River; inc. 1865. It is a railroad and industrial center with
plants making machinery, steel fabrications, and plastic signs. It was laid
out (1865) by the railroad, which built a long, high double-track bridge
there. In 1887 it annexed the nearby rival town of Boonesboro (founded
1851). 2 City (2020 pop. 19,092), seat of Watauga co., NW N.C.,
near the Blue Ridge Parkway. A tobacco market and cattle center located in a
winter and summer mountain resort region, Boone also has varied
manufacturing industries. The city is the seat of Appalachian State Univ.
and the Appalachian Cultural Museum. Cone Memorial Park, the former estate
of industrialist Moses Cone; and the Appalachian Heritage Museum are to the
south. The area was settled in the 18th cent.
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