Step back in time at the Folk Festival Sept. 7 at Boone's Lick State Historic Site

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Volume 37-309 For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Step back into the 19th century at the Folk Festival to be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at Boone's Lick State Historic Site near Boonesboro. Sponsored by the Boonslick Area Tourism Council and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

A variety of historic crafters will give demonstrations of 19th century crafts to show lifestyles of settlers in the Boonslick area. Period music will be performed and tours will be given around the salt springs to explain the importance of salt mining and its impact on the area's early economy.

Boone's Lick, the site of an early 19th century salt manufacturing industry, lies in the valley of Salt Creek in southwestern Howard County. At this location, several saline springs seep to the surface. Animals such as deer, elk and bison would gather at the springs and literally "lick" the ground to obtain the salt. In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark reported many salt springs in the area now comprised of Howard, Saline and Cooper counties. 

Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boone, sons of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, began manufacturing salt here in 1805. In pioneer times, salt was indispensable for preserving meat and tanning animal hides. The region around this salt lick was ideal for settlement and by 1810, it had acquired the name of "Boonslick Country," a designation that remained popular up through the Civil War years.  In addition to sources of much needed salt, there was an abundance of timber, wild game, fertile river bottoms for farming and the Missouri River to serve as a water highway for commerce.  For many years, "Boonslick Country" was a primary destination of settlers moving west.

The Boonslick Area Tourism Council promotes cultural activities and heritage tourism in Howard, Cooper and Saline counties.

Boone's Lick State Historic Site is located on Highway 187 near Boonesboro in Howard

County.  For more information about the Folk Festival, contact Boonslick Area Tourism Council event coordinator Connie Shay at 660-248-2011, Arrow Rock State Historic Site at 660-837-3330 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.

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