The Town of Boone, in cooperation with the State of North Carolina’s Historical Marker program, designated its first marker (documenting Boone’s statewide significance in the ginseng trade) in November 2015.
In 2017, the Town of Boone applied for a state marker covering the tragic 1940 Flood, which devastated Boone and Watauga County and killed at least 16 local residents. Ultimately, the state’s marker committee determined that the 1940 Flood “was a subject of local significance” and not worthy of statewide commemoration through the state’s historical marker program.
Shortly thereafter, the Boone Town Council authorized the creation of a Boone Historical Marker program, with the 1940 Flood as the first topic of the new initiative. Ever since, the Boone Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has reviewed and evaluated proposals for the town’s historical marker program, authoring the marker designation report or working with applicants to co-author reports that provide sufficient historical documentation to justify local marker designation. The HPC is continuously at work on new local historical marker proposals and currently maintains a list of topics for new markers as funds permit.
To propose a topic for a historical marker, please use the submission box at the bottom of this page.