by Aug 5, 2016

We love tour groups!

The Boone County Historical Society enjoys hosting group tours of all sorts. From scout troops to tour buses and antique car clubs, we can accommodate a variety of groups.


Currently, all of our museums are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When we reopen, tours should be arranged well in advance. Contact us at info@bchsiowa.org or call 515-432-1907 and leave a message. Since the Center is not staffed regularly, emailed questions get answered more quickly.

The Rich History of Boone County

Featured Boone Historical Person

Kate Shelley

July 6, 1881, is a date forever embedded in Boone County’s history. As midnight drew near and a wild storm raged, a girl of 15 crawled across the widely-separated ties of the railroad bridge that spanned the Des Moines River. She needed to tell railroad officials on the other side of the river that an engine had crashed into Honey Creek when the trestle gave way in flood waters. The lives of four men hung in the balance.

After inching her way across the dangerous bridge while thunder, lightning, and trees crashed around her, Kate Shelley staggered into Mongoina’s Chicago and Northwestern Depot, told officials about the crashed engine, and warned of the peril faced by the passenger train due later that night.

Kate Shelley

Featured Historical Photos