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  • Monument Name

    Daniel Boone’s Trail, Shallow Ford

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Civic Figures


    Colonial History

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Shallow Ford

  • County


  • Description

    A rectangular cast iron plaque is mounted to a boulder on a rock outcrop near what is known historically as the Shallow Ford (Shallowford) of the Yadkin River. Before the river was bridged in the 1920’s this ford was in use as a way to cross the river. The old roadbed is now eroded and the maker is on private property.

  • Inscription


  • Dedication Date

    November 8, 1913

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.085320 , -80.517240 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    DAR Daniel Boone's Highway Marker

  • Supporting Sources

      Jones, Randell. Trailing Daniel Boone, Daughters of the American Revolution Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915, (Winston-Salem, NC: Daniel Boone Footsteps, 2012)

      “Craighead Dunlop Chapter–Wadesboro,” The Charlotte News, (Charlotte, NC), November 5, 1913) 2

      “North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail,” North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Trail, Inc., (accessed January 11, 2016) Link

      “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

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Cast Iron

  • Sponsors

    Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The ceremony was scheduled for November 8, 1913. Mrs. W.M. Thompson, Daughters of the American Revolution State Regent for Kentucky was to perform the unveiling.

  • Subject Notes

    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 commemorative monument.

    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.

  • Location

    The marker is located on the east side of the Yadkin River along what was the approach road to the river’s shallow fording spot. Although located in Forsyth County it is near a Yadkin County community of Huntsville where another trail marker is located.

    The marker is located on a private property.

  • Landscape

    The boulder with the plaque stands in a wooded area.

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