Historic Highways of America: Volume 6: Boone’s Wilderness Road

Historic Highways of America: Volume 6: Boone’s Wilderness Road – Archer Butler Hulbert.

A series of monographs on the History of America as portrayed in the evolution of its Highways of War, Commerce, and Social Expansion. Comprising the following volumes:

Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and Great Game Animals.
Indian Thoroughfares.
Washington’s Road: The First Chapter of the Old French War.
Braddock’s Road.
The Old Glade (Forbes’s) Road.
Boone’s Wilderness Road.
Portage Paths: The Keys of the Continent.
Military Roads of the Mississippi Basin.
Waterways of Westward Expansion.
The Cumberland Road.
Pioneer Roads of America (two volumes).
The Great American Canals (two volumes).
The Future of Road-Making in America.

One roadway — the Wilderness Road to Kentucky from Virginia and Tennessee, the longest, blackest, hardest road of pioneer days in America — holds the old-time name with undiminished loyalty and is true today to every gloomy description and vile epithet that was ever written or spoken of it. It was broken open for white man’s use by Daniel Boone from the Watauga settlement on the Holston River, Tennessee, to the mouth of Otter Creek on the Kentucky River in the month preceding the outbreak of open revolution at Lexington and Concord. It was known as ” Boone’s Trail,” the ” Kentucky Road,” the ” road to Caintuck,” or the “Virginia Road,” but its common name was the ” Wilderness Road.” A wilderness of laurel thickets lay between the Kentucky settlements and Cumberland Gap and was the most desolate country imaginable. The name was transferred to the road that passed through it. It seems right that the brave frontiersman who opened this route to white men should be remembered by this act; and for a title to this volume ” Boone’s Wilderness Road ” has been selected.

Historic Highways of America: Volume 6: Boone's Wilderness Road

Historic Highways of America: Volume 6: Boone’s Wilderness Road

Format: Paperback.

Historic Highways of America: Volume 6: Boone’s Wilderness Road.

ISBN: 9783849674892.

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Historic highways in the United States (from Wikipedia):

The history of America in the later part of the pioneer period, between 1810 and 1840, centers about the roads and canals which were to that day what our trunk railway lines are to us today. The ” life of the road ” was the life of the nation, and a study of the traffic on those first highways of land and water, and of the customs and experiences of the early travelers over them brings back with freshening interest the story of our own ” Middle Age.” Horace Bushnell well said: ” If you wish to know whether society is stagnant, learning scholastic, religion a dead formality, you may learn something by going into universities and libraries; something also by the work that is doing on cathedrals and churches, or in them; but quite as much by looking at the roads. For if there is any motion in society, the Road, which is the symbol of motion, will indicate the fact. When there is activity, or enlargement, or a liberalizing spirit of any kind, then there is intercourse and travel, and these require roads. So if there is any kind of advancement going on, if new ideas are abroad and new hopes rising, then you will see it by the roads that are building. Nothing makes an inroad without making a road. All creative action, whether in government, industry, thought, or religion, creates roads.” The days when our first roads and our great canals were building, were days when ” new ideas were abroad and new hopes rising.” The four volumes of our series treating of pioneer roads and the great canals will be a record of those ideas and hopes and the mighty part they played in the social development of America.


(The text of the last section was taken from a Wikipedia entry and is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.)


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