Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Frederick
Hotel Frederick’s lobby exudes vintage elegance, with art-deco chandeliers, checkered marble floors, and 100-year-old maps of Boonville. Built by town miller and banker Charles Sombart in 1905, the massive Romanesque Revival building along the banks of the Missouri River has served as a bus depot and a retirement home. A recent multimillion-dollar restoration preserved much of Hotel Frederick’s turn-of-the-century class while adding artistic, modern decor.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014
- Stay connected with high-speed Internet throughout the inn.
- Stylish guest rooms are trimmed with old-school furnishings, such as clawfoot bathtubs. Some look out onto Boonville’s charming downtown.
- Warm up in the Fred Restaurant and Lounge with the chef’s latest creation and the finest libations (closed on Mondays during fall and winter).
Boonville, Missouri: Quaint Riverside Town with Railroad History
Boonville’s location on the Missouri River drew in pioneers and traders, especially after railroads expanded into the American west during the 1800s. Nowadays, you can walk or bike along Katy Trail State Park, thought to be America’s longest “rails-to-trail” project. The trail follows the 250-mile path of the now defunct Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad, passing the famous Katy bridge and parts of Lewis and Clark’s legendary paddleboat route.
Nearly 500 sites throughout Boonville have been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, including the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Depot, built in 1912. On walking tours of downtown Boonville, you can see several 19th-century buildings, from Old Cooper County Jail to Thespian Hall, a stately Greek Revival building that still hosts performances and music festivals.
When driving in or around Boonville, take note of the old farmhouses and barns, some of which have been spruced up with colorful “barn quilts” made of plywood squares. This small-town spirit is still evident in the town’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlors and diners.