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Along The Boone Trail Highway
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Between 1913 and 1938, J. Hampton Rich, a resident of Mocksville, NC, took it upon himself to keep the memory of Daniel Boone and his travels alive. He did this by placing 358 metal tablets (see pictures) between Virginia Beach, VA and San Francisco, CA. Although many of the tablets are associated with locations visited by Boone, many were simply placed wherever Mr. Rich could collect the necessary donations from schools, communities, etc. to erect a monument.
Interestingly enough, the markers also have a link to more recent history. Supposedly, the tablets were (at least partially) constructed from metal salvaged from the battleship Maine, which was sunk during Spanish-American War in 1898. Typically, the tablets were located near schools, government buildings or along old highway routes. Over the years many of the markers have been lost to highway construction and general urban sprawl. A group of descendants of Daniel Boone started a search for the markers in the late 1990’s, which located some 60-70 markers. A web site which documents their continuing efforts can be found at the following link:
If not already logged, the markers located at the web site listed above are open for discovery. The coordinates listed for this cache correspond to a marker located in Winston-Salem, NC.
With the help of Geocachers, perhaps new discoveries may be made. The rules of this virtual cache are simple:
1. Locate a Boone Trail Highway marker and post its coordinates. Be aware that other Daniel Boone markers (such as those established by the DAR and other groups do not count. If in doubt, send me a photo of the marker in question.
2. Each marker found may only be logged once. Since the objective is to find the remaining 200+ missing markers, you may log more than one find, if no one has already logged it.
3. Take a photo of yourself and your GPS unit with the marker and include with your log.
4. Have fun!
The metal tablets may feature a picture of Daniel Boone, a buffalo or an American Indian, but all should have “Boone Trail Highway” inscribed somewhere. Additionally, the markers may have been mounted in the sides of buildings, in free-standing concrete bases or large arrowhead-shaped monuments. You may need to consult old newspapers or archives if you suspect that a marker was located in your area. If you do happen upon such information, but no actual marker, please post a note to the cache. Some other cities which were mentioned in Mr. Rich’s papers as locations for markers include:
· St. Louis (Soldon High School)
· St. Louis (St. Charles High School)
· St. Louis (unknown park)
· Femme Osage / Defiance, MO (Nathan Boone Home?)
· Montgomery City, MO
· Jefferson City, MO
· Independence, MO
· Columbia, MO
· Boonville, MO
· Along Old Missouri State Hwy 2 (replaced by I-70)
· Salem, IL
· Vincennes, IN
· Crab Orchard, Kentucky
· Jacksonville, FL
· Elizabethton, TN
· Boston, MA (approximately 20 markers were presented to schools there in 1934)
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:42 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum