Join us for the Boonslick Folk Festival at Boone’s Lick State Historic Site. A variety of historic crafters will be giving demonstrations of 19th century crafts to educate the public on the life and times of pioneer settlers in the Boonslick area. There will be musicians playing music of the period and tours around the salt springs to explain the importance of salt mining in the early economy. There will also be food, children's games and historical displays highlighting frontier and American Indian life. This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks in partnership with the Boonslick Area Tourism Council.
Boone's Lick, the site of an early 19th century salt manufacturing industry, lies in the valley of Salt Creek in southwestern Howard County. At this location, several saline springs seep to the surface. Animals such as deer, elk and bison would gather at the springs and literally "lick" the ground to obtain the salt. Nathan and Daniel Morgan Boone, sons of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone, began making salt here in 1805.