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We remember brave pioneer, founder of first villages in Kentucky, on June 7 on Daniel Boone Day. Great opportunity to look deep into national history, find out secrets, joy of first discoveries it hides.

The History

Daniel Boone first visited area west of the Appalachian Mountain system in 1769. He found at passage through Cumberland. Settlement of Boonesborough was founded near the Kentucky River. Daniel faced resistance from Indians inhabited area, British settlers. Boone was held captive, managed to escape, gain freedom and stand up for settlement. Possessions were lost in 1798. Boone died in 1820, lived to ripe old age in Western lands.

Interesting Facts

Songs, legends are dedicated to Cumberland Gap. Alternative name for dangerous pass is «Devil’s Gorge».

  1. Northern Appalachians are plateau hills up to 1916 meters high.
  2. Personality of Boone is personification of bravery, innovation.
  3. First monument in Boonesborough appeared in 1827, monument was dedicated to President George Washington.
  4. Some sources claim colonel married girl from Shawnee Indian tribe. Boone’s daughter was abducted by Indians, father managed to find child, bring her home.

Colonel owned unique weapon called Tick-licker. Owner claimed he removed tick from animal’s fur with one shot without damaging skin. Boone learned to shoot from age of 12.

How to celebrate

There is Historical Society in Kentucky provides information about history of state. Become member of tour to get acquainted with outstanding personalities influenced course of history.

Go through Wilderness Trail, paved by legendary Colonel. Highways are laid. Traveling by car allow seeing more in short time.

Books have been written about Daniel Boone. Read literature on the holiday and find if discoverer was slave owner. What interests motivated him in desire to conquer new lands, settle: obsession with power, thirst for risk, adrenaline from danger, vanity and money, desire for new things or solitude?

When is Daniel Boone Day celebrated in 2022?

Daniel Boone Day is observed on June 7 each year.