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New Boone Trace film highlights crossing in Knox County

retracing-boone-trace3A new film called "Retracing Boone Trace" was created in Fall 2014 to highlight and depict the crossing of the trace through Knox County. First blazed in 1775, Boone Trace was the original trail leading the early settlers west. Approximately 500,000 people moved west via the route.

The film is a cooperative effort between Union College, the Knox Historical Museum and the Daniel Boone Festival Committee and is approximately 15 minutes in length.

Both Union College and the Knox County Public Schools are airing the film locally over the Barbourville Cable TV system. Union is showing the film on Channel 62, currently each day at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The Knox School District's TV-4 is showing the film on Channel 4.

TV-4  is also airing an interview with Dr. Marley Frederick of Union College and Mike Mills and Steve Valentine of the Knox Historical Museum and the Daniel Boone Festival Committee. Here are links to both the film and interview.



Boone Trace

Making of "Retracing
Boone Trace"


The just-released Knox Countian features Boone Trace in Knox County

boone-trace-thru-knox-2aThe new issue of the museum's quarterly magazine, The Knox Countian, features the Boone Trace in Knox County and how the Knox Museum staff is involved, including putting up signage along the route.

The issue also features Part 2 of "General Tye King: Soldier and Educator." The late Syd Robbins is also featured, along with the newest additions to the Museum's website and a new genealogy column. Also included is the Index to Volume 22 (2010).

The issue is released to all members of the museum. It is also available for sale to non-members at the museum and via PayPal on the new website (

On the website, click the "Support Us" tab and become a member of visit the museum store.




Recruitment booklet for the Southeast Kentucky Baptist School (later known as B.B.I.)

Most local historians have heard of the old Barbourville Baptist Institute (B.B.I.) which was located where the Knox County Middle School campus is now located in Barbourville, Kentucky.

What they might not know is that the school was originally called "The Southeast Kentucky Baptist School" when it was established in 1899 by a group of Barbourville citizens consisting of leaders of the Cumberland River Baptist Church and the North Concord Baptist Association.


Knox Museum members putting signs on old Boone Trace

Imagine stepping into a time machine and whirling back to the year 1775.

Suddenly, you are walking alongside the frontiersman Daniel Boone and his party of 30 axmen. They are marking a trail for other settlers to follow into the wilderness – a trail that will eventually cover a distance of 120 miles from Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough.

That trail will be known as the Boone Trace and used by thousands of early settlers.

Now, as it turns out, the above scenario is not as far-fetched as it seems.


Knox County Political Candidates Card Collection Donated by Denver Bright

Denver Bright recently donated a political card collection that spans several decades of candidates running for office in Knox County, Kentucky.
The collection includes 109 political cards that can be accessed via the link below and also in our Photo Collection and Online Galleries section of our website.


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I did not realize you had a website until I received the current issue of the Knox Countian. Susan Arthur was my aunt.

Just wanted to let you know that I found a list of postmasters on line that included my ancestor Ambrose Arthur, who served as postmaster at Flat Lick between 1848-52. List is at
This list includes all postmasters from Knox County.
Mike Arthur
Michael Arthur
I would love to see the resurrection of the Christmas Party that was so enjoyable. My mom, Janice Potter Trent, was very active during that time. I truly miss the mingling, the great food we all prepared, and the stories told. Please consider doing this again. Thanks!
Penny Trent-Norman
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