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Boone's Lick Trail


In 1799, Daniel Boone moved to Missouri and he blazed a trail west from what is now St. Charles. When Lewis and Clark noted the presence of a salt lick along the Missouri River, Nathan and Daniel M. Boone (sons of Daniel) improved the trail from Saint Charles to a point just northwest of present day Boonville. The road terminated at the Boones' salt lick. A few years later, there was a movement to make the trail a wagon road and in 1827 this was done. The salt lick was used up until 1833; a state historic site now preserve's the Boones' small settlement.

Route 40 roughly parallels the Boone's Lick Train from Saint Charles to Franklin, Missouri.

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Santa Fe Trail and Boone's Lick Trail
Santa Fe Trail and Boone's Lick Trail (1912). Click here for a larger display.

Boone's Lick Trail
Boone's Lick Trail. Click here for a larger display.

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