Boone County is located in the Ozark Mountains on the Missouri border in north central Arkansas. It was created April 9, 1869, mostly from a large part of Carroll County and a small strip of Marion County.
Boone County is an area noted for beautiful scenery. Early settlers saw the alluring beauty of our beloved mountains, fertile valleys and sparkling streams. It was easy for them to choose to settle and raise their children in such a beautiful place.
Contrary to popular belief, it was not named for Daniel Boone. Its original name was Boon, so named because the residents believed it would be a boon to all who settled there. The final e was added later.
Boone County contains 604 square miles, 11 square miles of which is water, and is bordered by Carroll, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties in Arkansas and Taney County, Missouri. Boone County has a population of 36,903 as of the 2010 census. The county seat is the City of Harrison. Cities and towns in our county include Alpena, Bellefonte, Bergman, Diamond City, Everton, Harrison, Lead Hill, Olvey, Omaha, South Lead Hill, Valley Springs and Zinc.
Public school districts include Alpena, Bergman, Harrison, Lead Hill, Omaha, and Valley Springs. North Arkansas College has three campus sites within Harrison.
Harrison has been rated by Rand McNallys "Places Rated Retirement Guide" as one of the Top 10 most ideal retirement spots in the country for climate and terrain, housing, affordability, low crime, health-care facilities and recreational opportunities. Once a zinc and lead mining area, Boone County now depends more on cattle and timber as its economic base. Shops featuring Ozark handmade arts and crafts, restaurants, home-style cured meats, and mountain cooking are dotted along Scenic Highway 7 that stretches through Boone County.
Bull Shoals Lake and Table Rock Lakes, located in the northeast and northwest corners, are well known for fishing and camping. The Corp of Engineers operates and maintains popular campsites on the lakes at Diamond City and Cricket Creek. Picturesque Crooked Creek, which winds through the county south to east, is noted for excellent smallmouth bass fishing. The White River runs through the northern part of the county and Buffalo National River is a short drive away.