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Book shows Boone Co.'s history
By Paul McKibben   - 02/16/2006

The Community Recorder

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot in Walton was located behind the former Dixie State Bank. The city of Walton was a railroad town with tracks on both sides of Main Street.
There was once a time in Boone County's history when one of the local businesses was Boone County Airlines.

There was another time when Price Pike in Florence was a dirt road.

Today, one finds none of that in growing, bustling Boone County. But a new book titled "Boone County" by Robert Schrage ($19.99, Arcadia Publishing) showcases some of the county's heritage and how the county has changed.

The book isn't a definitive history of Boone County. But through five chapters, it contrasts the once rural county with its current suburban landscape by using text and black-and-white photographs.

"I doubled my knowledge (about Boone County), I'm sure if not more," said Schrage, who serves on the Boone County Historic Preservation Board and the Rabbit Hash Historical Society Board of Directors.

Schrage co-wrote with three others a book about Burlington that was released in 2004. That book was also published by Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Arcadia.

Schrage said the Boone County book took more time to complete.

"I needed to identify what I considered interesting historic sites that had a great history but then I had to go out (and) I had to take pictures of them," he said. "So, I visited all the sites and took a current picture."

Sometimes, he had to return to the sites.

"Some of the places, (I) just had to really figure out the spot," he said, noting two airplane crashes that happened in the county and an old general store.

The photographs are from several sources, including the Boone County Public Library and the city of Walton.

Arcadia has done books about communities throughout the country, including one released last year about Florence.

"Well, we find that it's a great opportunity for never-before published vintage photographs to be shared in the community," said Lauren Bobier, Arcadia's southern publisher. "It really appeals to a local audience and preserves the history of the community."

Future books of local interest will be about Ludlow, Fort Thomas and Northern Kentucky University. Schrage is planning to do a book about Ohio River Valley postcards from Cincinnati to Louisville.

The Boone County book is available at local bookstores, online book retailers, other retailers, online at www.arcadiapublshing. com or by calling (888) 313-2665.




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