The Boone Trace Trail was unveiled Saturday at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
Hundreds of Daniel Boone’s descendants, historians and community members gathered to celebrate this important day in Commonwealth history.
This trail marks over 120 miles through six counties where Daniel Boone walked through the hills of Kentucky.
A flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol building to recognize the event. This flag was flown to the ceremony and given to the Boone Society.
“Boone’s spirit is here today and we are thankful for that. We’re now going to roll up our sleeves and get to work on the next leg of the second phase including the educational phase of this corridor,” said Boone Society President Sam Compton.
The first phase of the project opened last week and included a website and smart phone application featuring the Boone Trace’s historical importance and tourism hot spots.
Several more phases are currently being implemented to the culmination at Fort Boonesborough.
“There’s thousands of people that have an interest in this — genealogically, historically — and tourism can definitely benefit from this. The Trace has been here a long time and we’re going to start recognizing it as a tourist venue,” said Bell County Tourism President Judy Barton.
The Boone Trace project has been three years in the making, from building partnerships to fund the work going on to mapping out the trail with the help of University of Kentucky students.
“The park team, volunteers, as well as the park’s strong partners will continue to lead the way in showing how ideas can become important projects that benefit everyone,” said Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Superintendent Sula Jacobs.
The Boone Trace was dedicated with the help of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Boone Society, Bell County Tourism, the city of Pineville and the Pineville Rotary Club.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.