Nathan Boone is Born: March 2, 1781

Nathan and Olive Boone Homestead State Historic Site
Missouri State Parks

Nathan Boone was born on this date in 1781. Boone was an American pioneer, soldier, and explorer, and the youngest son of the legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone. Born in Kentucky, Nathan spent most of his life in what was at the time considered the frontier. He inherited his father’s love for exploration and played a significant role in the westward expansion of the United States.

In 1799, Nathan Boone moved to what is now Missouri, then a part of Spanish Louisiana. He was still able to purchase 680 acres near Defiance, MO with money he made selling his horse and saddle. He quickly adapted to the life of a frontiersman, becoming a skilled hunter, trapper, and woodsman. Along with his brother he set up a salt works at a natural lick near Boonville. That town along with the region, known as the Boonslick Region, still bear the name of the famous brothers.

During the War of 1812, Boone served as a captain in the Missouri Rangers, a unit that played a crucial role in defending the Missouri Territory against British and Native American attacks. His leadership and bravery earned him respect and recognition, further solidifying his reputation as a capable military leader.

Nathan Boone’s contributions to the settlement and defense of Missouri were significant. He helped to establish several towns and was instrumental in the development of the state’s infrastructure. In recognition of his service, he was appointed as a colonel in the Missouri militia and later served as a sheriff and a legislator in the Missouri General Assembly.

Nathan Boone’s legacy in Missouri is remembered through various landmarks and historical sites, including his homestead near Ash Grove and the salt operation, both of which are now state historic sites. His life and adventures embody the spirit of the American frontier and the expansion of the United States into the West.