Daniel Boone's Trace

Historical Marker #1443 in Madison County commemorates "Daniel Boone’s Trace," the famous trail constructed by Daniel Boone and his party of pioneers in 1775. The Trace ran from Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough.

Daniel Boone was hired by Colonel Richard Henderson, the proprietor of the Transylvania Land Company, who was commissioned to blaze a trail from the Appalachian Mountains to the Bluegrass Region in the spring of 1775. Earlier in the year, Henderson had acquired a large portion of land south and east of the Ohio River and north of the Cumberland River from the Cherokee Indians at the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals on the Watauga River. Henderson needed a viable trail through the unsettled territory in order to bring in settlers. His plan was to sell the lands he had purchased from the Cherokees for large profit. Henderson hired Boone, a noted woodsman, hunter, and explorer, because Henderson believed that Boone was the most capable person to construct the trail.

Prior to creating the trail, there were not any roads into what was to become Kentucky. Instead, the trail was only a dirt path large enough to accommodate foot and horse travel. Valid fears of unseen danger in the wilderness hindered travel into the area, but, with the opening of the trail, thousands of settlers subsequently flowed along Boone Trace to claim their land and begin a new life. It can be argued that no other trail is of greater historical significance to the founding of Kentucky and the opening of the west than Boone Trace.

The "Daniel Boone’s Trace" marker is one of four Kentucky Historical Society markers at this site; all of which relate to Boone Trace. The other three markers commemorate Twitty’s Fort, Estill Station, and historic sites in Madison County, including Boone Trace. In addition, a marker placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915 is located here, which is among fourteen such markers along Boone Trace.

Boone Trace actually runs about one mile west of this location. Historical marker #1443 describes Boone Trace as being two miles to the east, because the marker was originally placed at a rest stop on Interstate 75. The marker was moved to its current location without changing the text.

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Boone Trace

Boone Trace

A group of Boone Trace markers are found on the east side of Hwy 421/25 south of Richmond, Kentucky. These include four Kentucky Historical Society markers commemorating Boone Trace, Twitty's Fort, Estill Station, and historical sites in Madison County, plus another marker placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

D.A.R. Marker

D.A.R. Marker

This marker, among a cluster of other markers is along the east side of Highway 421/25 south of Richmond, Kentucky. It was placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

D.A.R. Marker

D.A.R. Marker

Traveling south on Highway 25 from the "Daniel Boone's Trace" marker into Berea can be found another Boone Trace marker in front of the Boone Tavern Restaurant at the corner of Main and Prospect Streets placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1915. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Boone Gap

Boone Gap

Traveling south on Highway 25 through Berea to the Madison-Rockcastle County line is "Boone Gap" where Boone Trace incorporated a low passage through the mountain. It is located just east of the county line sign where the old US 25 curved around the mountain with a hidden Boone Gap Overlook built there in the 1930s. A rock wall with a D.A.R. 1915 marker is located at this site. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Boone Gap Overlook

Boone Gap Overlook

At Boone Gap Overlook is a rock wall that was constructed for a 1915 Daughters of the American Revolution marker, however, the text plaque is missing. Courtesy of Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. View File Details Page

Berea D. A. R. Marker

Berea D. A. R. Marker

Boone Trace was marked in Berea, Kentucky, by the Daughters of the American Revolution with this monument in 1915. Courtesy of Randell Jones, www.danielboonefootsteps.com View File Details Page

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone was born in Pennsylvania, but lived in North Carolina before moving to Kentucky. He died in Missouri in 1820 and his remains were reinterred in the Frankfort, Kentucky, Cemetery in 1845. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

This idealized portrait of Daniel Boone was painted by William C. Allen in the mid-nineteenth century. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., “Daniel Boone's Trace,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed July 27, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/404.

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