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Sep 2, 2012 3:29 PM

Boone's Trace To Elevate Pioneer

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - The president of The Boone Society says plans to mark the trail that Daniel Boone took into central Kentucky will finally elevate the pioneer to the status he deserves and could help boost the state's economy.

Society president Sam Compton told The Times Tribune (http://bit.ly/Q21Rjd) that the trail known as Boone's Trace, which runs from the Cumberland Gap to Clark County is a national treasure.

"Kentucky is sitting on a gold mine of opportunity to build economical resources for this region and section right here," Compton said. "Most people connect Daniel Boone with Kentucky, not Pennsylvania, where he was born or from North Carolina where he lived, nor Missouri where he died, but Kentucky."

He said the project will help "elevate" Boone's status in the state.

"It's Kentucky's time and opportunity to pull all these resources together and have a perfect storm for this opportunity," he said.

Planning for the project took more than a year, but he said now it's ready to move forward.

Signs will be posted along the path that Boone took from the Cumberland Gap, over the Cumberland River at Pineville and on through Bell, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, Madison and Clark counties to Fort Boonesborough along what became the Kentucky River.

Although much of the trail Boone and his party of 30 axmen and two women took has been developed, Compton says there are still several relatively undisturbed areas. He says a coalition of groups is working to put signs along the trace so that people can find the paths that still exist.

"Areas where the original paths have been walked upon will be historical sites along this path, memorial markers on the path, recreational activities near the pathway," Compton said. "Our mission is to give Daniel Boone credit for his role in the westward expansion of this great nation."

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://www.thetimestribune.com

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