- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A modern map marking the trail taken by pioneer Daniel Boone into central Kentucky has been unveiled.

The Middlesboro Daily News (http://bit.ly/1pEOVmP) reports hundreds of Boone’s descendants, historians and community members gathered at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Saturday to see Boone’s Trace Trail revealed. The trail marks more than 120 miles in six counties as Boone traveled from Cumberland Gap to Clark County, where he built Fort Boonesborough.

The project’s first phase, which opened last week, featured a website and an app for a smartphone for people interested in visiting places on the trail.

“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.

Bell County officials say they think it will boost tourism.

“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,” Bell County Tourism President Judy Barton said.

The project has been in the works for three years, with University of Kentucky students helping to map areas of the trail.

“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,” Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Superintendent Sula Jacobs said.


Information from: The Daily News, http://www.middlesborodailynews.com



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