Boone, the name of counties in seven of the United States. I. A S. W. county of W. Virginia, bounded N. E. by Coal river, a tributary of the Kanawha, and drained by its branches; area, about 500 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,553, of whom 153 were colored. Its surface is hilly, and to a great extent covered with forests. The chief productions in 1870 were 2,585 bushels of wheat, 129,630 of Indian corn, 13,667 of oats, 12,043 of potatoes, 6,213 lbs. of tobacco, 9,699 of wool, 55,784 of butter, and 22,547 of honey. There were 565 horses, 1,356 milch cows, 2,448 other cattle, 3,955 sheep, and 4,848 swine. Capital, Ballards-ville. II. A N. county of Arkansas, bordering on Missouri; area, about 800 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 7,032, of whom 74 were colored. White river flows through the N. E. corner of the county. Most of the land is fertile and diversified. Excellent variegated marble is found.
The chief productions in 1870 were 41,940 bushels of wheat, 341,042 of Indian corn. 22,837 of oats, 12,394 Irish and 10,027 sweet potatoes, 206 bales of cotton, 56,365 lbs. of tobacco, 9,449 of wool, and 92,958 of butter. There were 2,247 horses, 2,161 milch cows, 4,041 other cattle, 5,557 sheep, and 22,486 swine. Jackson township is the temporary capital. III. A N. county of Kentucky, separated from Ohio and Indiana by the Ohio river; area, 300 sq. m.; pop in 1870, 10,696, of whom 1,012 were colored. The surface is hilly and the soil fertile, resting upon a basis of blue limestone. The Louisville, Cincinnati, and Lexington railroad passes through the S. E. corner. The chief productions in 1870 were 93,424 bushels of wheat, 32,621 of rye, 770,505 of Indian corn, 86,441 of oats, 81,518 of potatoes, 279,740 lbs. of tobacco, 36,661 of wool, and 198,511 of butter. There were 4,709 horses, 2,918 milch cows, 5,580 other cattle, 11,278 sheep, and 31,466 swine. Capital, Burlington. 1Y. A central county of Indiana, drained by Eagle and Sugar creeks; area, 408 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 22,593. The Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Lafayette railroad passes through the centre of the county, and the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Western through the S. W. corner.
The surface is either level or moderately uneven, and the soil deep and fertile. The chief productions in 1870 were 388,352 bushels of wheat, 14,337 of rye, 749,482 of Indian corn, 52,075 of oats, 48,278 of potatoes, 68,607 lbs. of wool, 261,-816 of butter, and 30,743 gallons of sorghum molasses. There were 7,902 horses, 5,147 milch cows, 8,643 other cattle, 23,095 sheep, and 27,109 swine. Capital, Lebanon. V. A N. county of Illinois, bordering on Wisconsin, intersected by Kishwaukee river; area, 270 sq. m.; pop. in 1870,12,942. It has a rolling surface, diversified by fertile prairie lands and forests. The Kenosha, the Galena, and the Madison divisions of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad pass through the county; and there is also a branch railroad from Belvidere to Beloit. The chief productions in 1870 were 241,641 bushels of wheat, 35,871 of rye, 466,985 of Indian corn, 579,127 of oats, 52,355 of barley, 167,311 of potatoes, 31,323 tons of hay, 555,159 lbs. of butter, 17,810 of cheese, and 80,598 of wool. There were 6,309 horses, 7,088 milch cows, 7,966 other cattle, 20,810 sheep and 7,849 swine.
Capital, Belvidere. VI. A central county of Iowa, watered by Des Moines and Snake rivers and Beaver creek; area, 576 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 14,584. The Chicago and Northwestern railroad traverses the county, and the Des Moines valley line touches its S. W. corner. Forests occupy a considerable portion of the surface. The soil is highly productive. Coal is abundant. The chief productions in 1870 were' 176,969 bushels of wheat, 727,831 of Indian corn, 151,272 of oats, 63,541 of potatoes, 22,019 tons of hay, 20,825 lbs. of wool, and 256,549 of butter. There were 3,740 horses, 3,636 milch cows, 5,844 other cattle, 11,788 sheep, and 10,182 swine. Capital, Boonesboro. VII. A.N E. county of Missouri, bounded S. W. by the Missouri river; area, 648 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 20,765, of whom 4,038 were colored. The Northern Missouri railroad and the Columbia branch pass through the county. The surface is slightly uneven, and consists mainly of prairies interspersed with forests. The soil is uniformly productive. Stone coal and limestone are the principal minerals. The chief productions in 1870 were 235,750 bushels of wheat, 1,096,114 of Indian corn, 260,019 of oats, 149,-634 lbs. of tobacco, and 74,552 of wool.
There were 7,218 horses, 2,709 mules and asses, 5,441 milch cows, 9,541 other cattle, 21,037 sheep, and 30,169 swine. Capital, Columbia.