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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky (Images of America Series)

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky (Images of America Series)

by Martha Evans Wiley
     
 

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Best known for its pivotal role in opening up the western frontier and its association with explorers and pioneers, the legendary Cumberland Gap has long been celebrated in music and literature. To better preserve that history, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was authorized in 1940 and now covers more than 24,000 acres in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Overview


Best known for its pivotal role in opening up the western frontier and its association with explorers and pioneers, the legendary Cumberland Gap has long been celebrated in music and literature. To better preserve that history, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was authorized in 1940 and now covers more than 24,000 acres in Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. Daniel Boone is remembered here, as well the Native Americans who used the path through the mountains for trade and warfare, the Civil War soldiers who took turns guarding this strategic portal, the geologists and industrialists who saw the potential for development, the businessmen who built one of the nation's first roads for automobile travel, and the displaced residents who gave up their homes for the park. The dream of a few dedicated individuals to one day restore the historic Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap came true in 2002 after decades of planning, and visitors can once again walk in the footsteps of the pioneers. Photographs spanning more than a century bring to life the fascinating stories and history of this pass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467111119
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
01/27/2014
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,154,726
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Martha E. Wiley is the historian at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and has published many articles on the Appalachian region and its history.

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