Boone’s Lick Road
The Boone’s Lick Road, dating to the early 1800s, stretches across present St. Charles, Warren, Montgomery, Callaway, Boone and Howard counties of eastern and central Missouri. Although the road has been largely forgotten in modern times, if St. Louis was the Gateway to the West, then the Boone’s Lick Road was the way to get there.
The Boone’s Lick Road began in St. Charles and wound its way to the original Franklin, Missouri, in the center of the state. In the 1810s thousands of pioneers traveled on it into the new settlement areas of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1821, the Boone’s Lick Road begat the Santa Fe Trail, which opened the Southwest to trade and exchange. Settlers and traders who traveled on the other great Western trails, such as the Oregon Trail, traveled first on the Boone’s Lick Road. In the 20th century, it became the guiding path of U.S. Highway 40 and eventually U.S. Interstate 70 through Missouri. CLICK HERE
for a Google map of the road. The map is supported by a monograph detailing the evidence for the route(s) shown. CLICK HERE
to view the monograph.
Boone’s Lick Road Association
The Boone’s Lick Road Association (BLRA), incorporated in Missouri in 2011, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is twofold: First, we want to preserve and tell the fascinating stories of the first major road into the heart of Missouri. Secondly, we hope to secure federal recognition of this road as a National Historic Trail. We aim to be the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source for information and research into this historic trail.
We invite you to join us in our quest to uncover the lost history of this road, to help us share the stories of the pioneers who traveled here, and to return this road to part of our national story.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax deductible.