Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, Inc.
 
Boone County Historian
Oak Leaves
Boone County Heritage Museum
Boone County Heritage Museum
Museum Entrance
Lillie's In White exhibit
"Lillie's In White" by Don Landes-McCullough
First Floor:
  • Heritage Room
  • Railroad Room
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans Room
  • Mountain Meadows Massacre
  • JoAnn Forrest Genealogy Room

  • Second Floor:
  • Hallway
  • School & Band Room
  • Meeting Room
  • Old House & Store Room
  • Medical Room

  • Third Floor:
  • Records Room
  • War Room
  • Business & Industrial Room
  • We welcome you to the Boone County Heritage Museum!
    Our Society and staff appreciate your interest in our museum and heritage. We invite you to come and spend a little (or a lot!) of time browsing through our many exhibits and collections.
    Museum information deskWhen entering the museum, visitors are greeted at our information desk. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to assist you with any questions or specific research needs. Or, feel free to come in and just look around! Area maps, reference materials and membership information are also available. Visitors may sign our guestbook, also located at the information desk.

    The front entryway includes several rock collections. A sea lily bulb root, petrified palm tree and ocean crustaceans were all found here locally on Gaither Mountain. Geologists and archeologists contend that these items are found only in salt water, lending evidence that this area was once part of the Gulf of Mexico.
    Henry Starr showcaseThe museum's Henry Starr showcase is a favorite among visitors. Henry Starr, a nephew of Oklahoma outlaw queen Belle Starr, was shot in town on the morning of February 18, 1921 by William J. Myers while trying to rob the Peoples Bank of Harrison. Previously pardoned by a president and two governors, Starr boasted on his deathbed that he had been a bank robber longer than any other, for 30 years.

    Henry StarrCleave Coffman was the bank cashier that fateful day. Coffman's daughter said shortly after the robbery, one of Mr. Coffman's cousins from Oklahoma wrote him and asked, "How do you like our Oklahoma bank robber?" Mr. Coffman wrote back, "If you don't want them killed, you'd better keep them at home." The Henry Starr Exhibit includes the W. J. Meyers 38 caliber Winchester Rifle Model 1873 used to shoot Starr.
    The museum entryway also includes various Indian artifacts. Those under the Henry Starr display case are Mississippian culture pottery. All Indian artifacts in the second case are from Boone County, including Hangover Bluff, located east of Harrison about mile on Crooked Creek. Other artifacts are from the mouth of Bear Creek in the Tucker Hollow area.
    Don't forget to also see the beautiful Lillie's In White exhibit. There is also a museum gift counter including various books for sale, back issues of the Boone County Historian / Oak Leaves, T-shirts, coffee mugs, lye soap and other items.
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