Local historians attend Boone Trace meeting

Photo submitted Pictured from left to right at the first annual meeting of the Friends of Boone Trace are Steve Valentine, Dr. John Fox, Curtis Penix, Doug Bargo, Neal Hammond and Mike Mills.
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Pictured from left to right at the first annual meeting of the Friends of Boone Trace are Steve Valentine, Dr. John Fox, Curtis Penix, Doug Bargo, Neal Hammond and Mike Mills.

 By Douglas Bargo

For the Mountain Advocate

Representatives Mike Mills, Steve Valentine, and Doug Bargo from the Knox Historical Museum attended the first annual meeting of the Friends of Boone Trace Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Seabury Center on the Berea College Campus.

The purpose of the meeting was to meet other representatives of five adjoining counties, which make up the Trace and emphasize its importance. Those counties are Bell, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle and Madison.

President of “Friends,” Dr. John Fox moderated the meeting and, with a power point presentation, highlighted focal points from Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesboro. Dr. Fox described the Trace as a string of pearls, the Trace being the string, and the pearls being each unique marker along the way.

KHM President Mike Mills spoke about how the Trace runs through Knox County. With a Knox County Trace map on the big screen, Mr. Mills underscored where Boone marked the Trace through Knox County and how there are still remnants of the trail in tact. Mills also brought attention to the Daniel Boone Park at Flat Lick.

Another purpose of the meeting was to elect directors to Friends of Boone Trace. Mr. Steve Valentine was elected as a director and now has the distinct privilege of representing Knox County. Valentine now has a full plate, serving as a Director of Friends of Boone Trace, Vice President of the Knox Historical Museum, and Volunteer on the Daniel Boone Festival Committee. You may view an on-line map of Boone Trace by visiting knoxhistoricalmuseum.org or by visiting Knox Historical Museum at 196 Daniel Boone Dr., Barbourville Ky.

Read about Dr. Foxes endeavor and become a member of Friends of Boone Trace by visiting the website; booneTrace1775.com