Articles about Boone Trace written or selected by KHM staff
Articles about the Boone Trace written or selected by the Knox Historical Museum staff and published on our website, with the most recent listed first
Historians at the Knox Historical Museum in Barbourville believe they have pinpointed the location of the old ford or crossing on Richland Creek that was used by Daniel Boone and his trailblazers during March and April 1775.
On Friday January 26, 2018, actor Kevin Hardesty portrayed Daniel Boone; then following, Actress Betsy Smith portrayed Jemima Boone at the Barbourville Middle School to the 8th grade class.
Editor's Note: Elmer Decker's History of Knox County, Kentucky remains one of the primary sources for research on the old Boone Trace. Decker lived from 1892 to 1952 and wrote this history around 1939-1941. The following excerpt about the Boone Trace through Knox County was copied from Decker's original typescript which was given to the Knox Historical Museum by his widow, Lois Decker Lyons.
The City of Barbourville and Knox County Fiscal Court have passed resolutions in support of the historical significance of the old Boone Trace which passes through Knox County, Kentucky.
An officer of the Knox Historical Museum is playing a key role in an organization that promotes the route that Daniel Boone blazed through Knox County and four other Kentucky counties in 1775.
The KHM’s 2nd Vice President Steve Valentine serves on the board of directors of the newly incorporated Friends of Boone Trace, Inc., whose overall purpose is to save and preserve the trail blazed by Daniel Boone and his thirty ax-men in March and April of 1775 from North Carolina through the Cumberland Gap to Boonesborough.
Knox Historical Museum President Michael C. Mills along with Steve Valentine and Doug Bargo continue their research and location of the Old Daniel Boone Trace in Knox County.
The KHM's History Center is continuing its research locating the old Boone Trace through present Knox County and documenting its location through deed research.
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.
The Knox Historical Museum submitted information in early 2014 on the Boone Trace in Knox County, Kentucky, to the Boone Society, Inc. headed by Sam Compton.
The information pertained to driving tours of the Trace that enter and exit main roads along U.S. 25E. These are called "loops," and six of them have been identified in Knox County so far.