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Boone, IA

Southeast Appalachian

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About BooneThe birthplace of Mamie Doud Eisenhower, Boone is a trading center and county seat in the Des Moines River Valley. Ledges State Park, 6 miles south, is a scenic area bordering the Des Moines River. The tall ledges rising above Pease Creek give the park its name.

Hikers and cyclists can enjoy the 25-mile High Trestle Trail that runs from Woodward to Ankeny. The trail's highlight is a half-mile-long bridge in southern Boone County that spans the Des Moines River Valley some 130 feet below. Interpretive panels and pillars at each end of the bridge denote the area's coal mining history.

A few miles northwest is Kate Shelley High Bridge, one of the world's highest and longest double-track railroad bridges. Completed in 1901, the bridge was named after the 15-year-old who risked her life crawling across a bridge near Moingona during a storm in 1881 to warn an approaching passenger train of a collapsed bridge farther ahead.

Pufferbilly Days is a mid-September event paying tribute to the town's railroad heritage with train rides and related activities.

Visitor Centers Boone County Chamber of Commerce 903 Story St. Boone, IA 50036. Phone:(515)432-3342 or (800)266-6312

Things to Do Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum

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Skiing and Snowboarding Seven Oaks Recreation

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Boone, IA

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1745 SE Marshall St. Boone, IA 50036

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