Plotted as a railroad town in 1865, Boone is located 15 miles west of Ames and home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's wife, Mamie Geneva Doud, and Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chad Rinehart.
Boone offers 14 parks, Boone Municipal Pool, three park shelters, and a pavilion. Families also enjoy biking along the High Trestle Trail or tubing down the Des Moines River. You can also snow tube, snowboard, or ski at Seven Oaks Recreation.
The Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a popular attraction offering scenic and dining excursions. Additionally, the new James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center is underway and will feature over 5000 pieces of railroad memorabilia. Boone celebrates its Railroad Heritage each year with Pufferbilly Days, one of Iowa's top-five community festivals.