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Established as a county in 1847, Boone County is on the Allegheny Plateau on the western side of the state.
There is no historical mention of it being named for Daniel Boone, but since it is so close to Boone's home territory in Kentucky it would be safe to assume that this county honors that American pioneer. That assumption can be underpinned by the fact that when Boone lost all his land in Kentucky because he didn't have legal title to it, he moved to Point Pleasant on the West Virginia-Ohio border. Also the Boone trail that passes through the whole of what was at one time Virginia, before the establishment of West Virginia.
The county seat is Madison, which wasn't incorporated until 1906. The county seat takes its name from the President James Madison. Madison is near Harewood in Fayette County where Dolly Payne Todd and James Madison were married on September 15, 1794.
Boone County has some bituminous coal mining, natural gas wells, oil, lumber, tobacco, fruit farms, and livestock.
Boone County comprises 506 square miles of West Virginia landscape.