Six thousand two hundred souls. Wikipedia notes that "Boonville was founded in 1818 and named for Jesse Boon, father of Ratliff Boon." Oh but o course. Good ol' Ratliff. Second governor of Indiana, among other things.

I don't know why you couldn't say it was named for Ratliff. Why wasn't it?

Well, let us begin our weekly stroll.

Hoo boy.

Leaving aside the location and/or fate of Southside I, there’s the three-door issue. And the fact that the middle door is a 60s / 70s addition, which goes against the pre-war octagonal windows, which has nothing to with the second floor, which is the original style.

Get-er-gone? Mission accomplished, it seems.

Commercial-style building, with a sadly typical fate.

The rear indicates it had some meeting-hall purpose.

They’re not meeting any more.

“Well, the actual name of the store is ‘Squinter’s Furniture,’ but then I hit on a way to save money on the sign."

The brain aches, trying to figure out the middle.

Nice to see a Five-and-Dime still around, but for all we know it’s dead now, adn this is an antique store inhabiting the original body.

If it was a bank - and I believe it was - the banking hall must have been a remarkable place. And the bankers, if they had an office on the second floor, had to be selected for physical fitness, just to make it upstairs.


The one in the middle would be as nice as its neighbors, if it hadn’t been smothered with a boring facade.

The rest of the block peters out a bit - but the open windows suggest they might be rehabbing.

I spoke too soon

Again, square and small. I’m starting to think the might be called “Boonville Windows.”

The 1901 is a going concern, but the Federal facade wasn’t necessary.

City Boonville Hall

If they’re all equal in size, why couldn’t they - oh, never mind

Handsome old fellow, with the custom planters almost offsetting the beaten Buckaroo awning.

“These are my brothers who went into medicine. Me, I’m a farmer.”

Again with the Boonville Windows.

I’m always wondering about the infill building. Constructed at the same time, or a later addition?

Probably the latter.

Same question. Probably the same answer. But we don't know, do we?

Did the arches on the J. F. building once contain windows?


It looks as if they covered the cornice to keep parts from falling and braining Boonvillians.

An ancient commercial structure with some ill-advised post-war brick. Doesn’t fit. Doesn’t fit at all.

The Model” was a common late 19th-century / early 20th name.

Hats and Wraps.

A sturdy trio - with, as we now think of them, Boonville Windows.

Well ain’t that America.

Never quite figured out the association between the two professions.

Simple, solemn, and sturdy.

As were, you imagine, the early folk of Boonville. It wouldn’t be here otherwise.