Boone, Heart of the High Country, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. The population of this town named for Daniel Boone, was 17,122 in 2010, but seems to be growing very fast. A college town, Boone is the home of Appalachian State University which is very large and very much a part of the town. On a recent visit the streets were thronged with students, tourists, and residents. The downtown is interesting with shops and restaurants. The highlight of the summer season is an outdoor amphitheatre portrayal of the life and times of its namesake in "Home in the West".