Boone County Historian Joe Bierce writes about the little-known stories from Boone County’s rich history. It’s a fascinating look back at the people and events that shaped the Boone County of today. Check this page often — you won’t want to miss a single post!

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Bierce Returns: Draining The Swamp

The last time we met I left you in the swamp. I felt that a bit unkind, so I thought it just that I come back to help you out. We can't describe our condition [...]

Bierce Gets Bogged Down In The Swamp

When I started this project I had only one thing in my mind. Start when settlers came and end with the present day farming. I had no idea that I would get bogged down in [...]

Boone County Pioneers Remembered

“The first pioneers in 1822 - 1824 found unbroken wilderness, no roads, no mills, deep-tangled brush and vines, and a good portion of the land covered with water.   The water flows in almost every direction [...]