A meeting regarding the complete solar eclipse will be held on Wednesday at the Boonville City Council Chambers on Spring Street at 6 p.m. The public meeting will include professionals who will discuss the importance of the eclipse that will darken the area on August 21.
“We will discuss what the City, Tourism and the Chamber are doing to prepare for this event, what activities are already planned and what opportunity the community has to take advantage of the huge impact of visitors that will come to town to experience this once in a lifetime event. The last time a total solar eclipse passed through Missouri was in 1869, and the last time it passed over the Boonville area was in 1442. For all business owners, organizations, clubs and anyone in town, this could potentially be an incredible opportunity to bring a large economic boost to our community from visitors from all over the country and the world due to the fact that Boonville is located right in the narrow center pathway as the shadow crosses the United States and Missouri. If you are unable to attend the meeting it will be streamed and reposted on the City’s Youtube channel,” Boonville Tourism Director Katie Gibson said.
While the eclipse will make its way through Missouri, it is in Boonville that some people may find a slightly longer eclipse duration.
"The eclipse's trek through Missouri is one of the more interesting, because more people will see the eclipse here by default, than at any other point along the path. That's because Kansas City and St. Louis are partially in the path of totality! That's right, even though these cities are both split in half by the path, and it would be much better for people to get out of town to get a longer time in the shadow, the truth of the matter is that many people will be at home or at work, and lots of them will see the eclipse from their homes and offices in these two great cities," a release from eclipse2017.org stated.
Boonville may see a two minute, 36 second total eclipse at 1:12 p.m. on that Monday.
Already, all hotel rooms are booked for that day, leaving tourism to estimate that the town may see between 2,000-5,000 visitors all at once.
Boonville Tourism is anticipating the event will be one of the largest gatherings in the town this year, especially with people coming from across the country to get a glimpse of something that happens in this magnitude only once in a lifetime.