Walter H. Hendricks, "Daniel Boone as a Virginian," BULLETIN (Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia) 2, no. 24 (1987)

In the mid 1970s the Congress authorized studies by the National Park Service (NPS) toward establishing a Daniel Boone National Trail from the Yadkin River to Boonesborough. These studies continued until 1983. The study team determined that certain of the routes followed by Boone should be designated as "historic," "scenic," or "hunting routes." But their final conclusion was that no "National Trail" ought to be established because, they said, the Boone trails were not of national historic significance. Their reasoning was that Boone was not first into Kentucky, nor did he plant the first settlement, and more settlers came down the Ohio than over the Cumberland Gap. Apparently part of this conclusion was dictated by the mounting fiscal straits of the federal government. The conclusion drew widespread indignation. Consequently, on May 1, 1984, the House of Representatives passed a compromising amendment to the National Trails System Act, authorizing a recognition of Daniel Boone trough establishment of highway markings of a Daniel Boone Heritage Trail. This Historic Route traverses Virginia by way of Damascus, Abingdon, Castlewood, Dungannon, and Duffield to Cumberland Gap, a distance of some 138 miles. Walter H. Hendricks, "Daniel Boone as a Virginian," Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia, BULLETIN, Series II, No. 24 (1987):5-6


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