Daniel Boone’s Trail, Cook’s Gap
The memorial consisted of a rectangular cast iron plaque attached to a stone slab embedded in the ground. The marker was missing by 1963 when another marker (Three Forks Church) was moved to a site near Cook’s Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That marker (the one pictured) in turn was stolen sometime in 2002.
DANIEL BOONE’S TRAIL / FROM / NORTH CAROLINA TO KENTUCKY / 1769 / MARKED BY THE N.C. DAUGHTERS OF THE / AMERICAN REVOLUTION
May 2, 1914
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“North Carolina Joins In Boone Trail Movement,” Asheville-Gazette News, (Asheville, NC), November 10, 1914, 3
“The Trail Taken by Boone Through State Now Marked,” News and Observer, (Raleigh, NC), July 11, 1915, 17
Daughters of the American Revolution
No ceremony was held, but Mr. W.A. Miller was sent for the purpose of placing what was the last marker on the trail in North Carolina.
Daniel Boone’s marked trail begins at Boone Cave Park in Davidson County, NC, crosses the
Yadkin River at the Shallow Ford near Huntsville, and ends at Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky,
where Boone served during the American Revolution. In 1913 Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR) Chapters placed 13 markers along the North Carolina portion of the trail
which mostly follows Old US Highway 421. Mrs. Lindsay Patterson of Winston-Salem chaired
the project that eventually erected 45 tablets in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and
Kentucky. At the Cumberland Gap (Tennessee) the four states combined to erect a single
Daniel Boone is famous for exploring the American frontier beyond the Appalachian Mountains. He blazed one of the trails that opened up areas west of the Appalachian’s to increased European settlement. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1734, lived in the Yadkin Valley, North Carolina from 1752-1769, where he married Rebecca Bryan, raised a large family, and traded animal furs. He died in Missouri in 1820 and is buried in Kentucky.
The marker was missing by 1963 when another marker (adjacent to Three Forks Church old cemetery in Boone) was moved to a site near Cook’s Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That marker (the one pictured) in turn was stolen sometime in 2002.