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SIGHTS BOARD MARKS NATHAN BOONE HOME
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Nathan & Olive VanBibber Boone.
Olive was born, 1783. Married, 1799 to Nathan Boone. Daughter of; Peter VanBibber (1728-1796) and Marjory/Majer/Major Bounds, (1740-1844)
ASH GROVE -- It's already recognized on the state and national registers of historical places, but Thursday the Nathan Boone home near Ash Grove received an honor a little bit closer to home. The home built in 1837 by the youngest son of pioneer Daniel Boone, was the recipient of a historical marker given by the Greene County Historical Sites Board.
The log cabin, about two miles north of Ash Grove, is now owned by the Gayer Dixon family of Ash Grove. It served as home for the Nathan Boone family until his death in 1856. The Dixon family maintains the home while financing is sought to preserve and restore it. "However, Lipscomb said, much of the history behind the home involves the man and his activities before he settled in Greene County. "It's not only the age of the site but the fact that Nathan Boone was important in the early development of not only Greene County but of southeast Missouri," Lipscomb said. "He actually made a lot of contributions to the development of the entire West."
Boone was born in Kentucky in 1781. When he was 18, he married a girl from what is not St. Charles. Although generally overshadowed by his famous father, Daniel, in the story books, Nathan was also a genuine hero and pioneer, Lipscomb said. Along with a brother, he established the Boone's Lick salt works in central Missouri, which is now a state park. He was one of the original surveyors of Iowa, and one Iowa town is names for him.
Boone was also a member of the military, Lipscomb said. He retired as a U.S. lieutenant colonel after leading the U.S. mounted rangers in the Blackhawk War, assisting in the capture of Santa Fe, and serving as the military governor of New Mexico and Texas.
Boone also was an explorer. He helped determine the boundary between the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations. In 1808, he guided William Clark to what is now Independence, where the two helped establish Fort Osage. The fort, now restored, was a frontier outpost, of great importance.
Boone apparently selected the Ozarks as his final home because he was struck by its beauty. The 149 year-old home is now open only once a year, during the fall Nathan Boone Rendezvous. At the festival, begun only last year, relatives of Boone from across the country gathered in Ash Grove for three days of historical celebrations.
Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
Olive VanBibber and Nathan Boone