Lead: In 1775 frontiersman Daniel Boone established a wilderness road, which became the gateway to the west during the sixty years following the American Revolution.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Contrary to popular myth, Daniel Boone was not the first American pioneer to explore Kentucky. Boone, however, did establish a pathway through the mountains that made possible increased settlement in the west. The Cumberland Gap is a natural pass in the Appalachian Mountains on the border of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. At an elevation of 1600 feet, the cut was made by an ancient stream six hundred feet into the highlands. The pass was discovered in 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker, a Virginia agent for the British Loyal Land Company. Dr. Walker simply followed a trail (called the Great Warrior’s Path) that the Native Americans had used for centuries. He named it for the son of King George III - the Duke of Cumberland.

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