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This category is to locate and share those historical markers placed over a 25 year period in an effort to help improve road conditions and memorialize Daniel Boone's trail blazing efforts and to stir the imaginations of civic leaders and school children, raising funds, placing metal tablets on arrowhead shaped monuments, leading the ceremonies and issuing press releases.
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The force behind the Boone Trail Markers was Joseph Hampton Rich (1874-1949), a graduate of Wake Forest in the class of 1898. This was the same year that the Battleship Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor, Cuba, and the Spanish-American War began, a pivotal time for Mr. Rich. He had several careers: teaching in public school; representing the Institute of Heraldry of Washington, DC; preaching in churches (he attended seminary in Kentucky) and operating the Piedmont Print Company in Winston-Salem. He ended his career as Clerk Librarian of the North Carolina State Senate.
He chose to celebrate Daniel Boone's trail because of its contribution to the settlement of mid-America by way of the Boone Trail and because he was captivated by "the pioneer spirit" of that era. Rich united history with the need for highway enhancements from the North Carolina to Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky and as far as the West Coast where he erected more than 100 monuments.

A feature of a number of the monuments (including Blowing Rock's) was a bear. Was this to commemorate the popular words found on a tree: "D. Boone killed a bear here," or could the bear have been a symbol of nature and wilderness, or the likening of Daniel Boone to the strength and fortitude of bears? This has never been made clear.

On the bottom of the Blowing Rock plaque under Daniel Boone's sculpted picture are the words "Metal From Battleship Maine in Tablet." This is because Rich went to Washington in 1916 to get a sculptor to model the likeness of Daniel Boone in relief. During this process, he thought it might be very special to get some historic metal from the government to cast into the tablet. When the Honorable Charley Mc Veagh and Franklin Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, were told of Rich's plan to celebrate Daniel Boone's heritage, they ordered 400 pounds of old metal taken from around the gun carriages of the USS Maine, giving directions that it be "pigged" up and ready for the foundry. Rich picked up the metal and took it to the foundry in Baltimore where the tablets were made. The monuments also achieved the purpose of honoring the 266 men who lost their lives when America's largest battleship of the day was sunk in 1898 and "Remember the Maine" was the slogan of the time.


After six years of research, a new book entitled, Rich Man: Daniel Boone,describes in 13 chapters, and 323 pages, the biography of Mr. Rich, his
objectives for the Boone Trail Highway, its connection with the BattleshipMaine (each metal marker was made with salvage from the famousbattleship), how the Boy Scouts related, plus the documentation on the 135 known
original sites, and photos of the 46 surviving monuments, and a wealth of historicand related material.


This site shows the Daniel Boone Markers that have been found and their towns and states - (visit link)

This site offers some of the latest news on the Daniel Boone Markers - (visit link)
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Daniel Boone Trail marker in a rock pyramid that was the base of an old flag pole. Parking lot of Anderson Auditorium, Montreat Conference Center grounds, Montreat, NC. Date placed approximately February 22, 1930.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member stanje1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 1/16/2011

last visited: never

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Boone Trail marker found in Johnson City in the Munsey Memorial UMC complex

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 11/16/2008

last visited: 11/6/2009

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The marker is located on the grounds of the BB & T Building in the heart of downtown Wytheville.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: Virginia

date approved: 10/20/2008

last visited: 7/4/2010

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This marker faces Main Street, at the corner of Grayson Street; opposite the Historical Museum.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: Virginia

date approved: 10/14/2008

last visited: 5/24/2009

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This marker is located at the intersection of Hwys. 601 and 421 in downtown Booneville.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 10/12/2008

last visited: 10/12/2008

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This marker is located at the former Claremont High School, built in 1925. The building is now a cultural center - Art Center of Catawba Valley.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 10/8/2008

last visited: 10/9/2008

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Marker is located on historic Church Circle in downtown Kingsport, TN

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 9/21/2008

last visited: 8/21/2010

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Boone Trail marker near Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts. Arrow head monument in median of Commonwealth Avenue.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 9/17/2008

last visited: 4/18/2009

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This Daniel Boone marker is located at the base of a temple portico column in front of the Alleghany County Courthouse, Main St., Route 21 in downtown Sparta, North Carolina.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 9/17/2008

last visited: 9/14/2008

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Located in Davidson Co. near Lexington, NC in the community of Churchland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Padon

location: North Carolina

date approved: 8/24/2008

last visited: 8/24/2008

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Located on corner beside the Courthouse, Mocksville, NC

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Padon

location: North Carolina

date approved: 8/3/2008

last visited: 1/1/2011

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Located on the southwest corner of the courthouse grounds, laying flat on the ground...easy to overlook.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft

location: Kentucky

date approved: 7/9/2008

last visited: never

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Just north, across the street from the Boone Tavern on US Hwy 25 & KY Hwy 595.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft

location: Kentucky

date approved: 7/9/2008

last visited: 2/13/2009

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On the south wall of the Daniel Boone Tavern Hotel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft

location: none listed yet

date approved: 7/9/2008

last visited: 2/13/2009

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Located in front of the Souther Baptist Theological Seminary on Lexington Road, down at the curb in front of Norton Hall.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft

location: Kentucky

date approved: 7/9/2008

last visited: 7/12/2009

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On the courthouse square in Hillsborough, NC.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member jaxnd

location: North Carolina

date approved: 7/6/2008

last visited: 10/3/2010

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This marker is located on the courthouse grounds at East Main St. and Cherokee St., in downtown Jonesborough.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/25/2008

last visited: 9/6/2010

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This marker is located on the remains of Fort Dobbs on Fort Dobbs Road in Statesville. This marker has been restored and placed here on a stone monument by the DAR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 6/3/2008

last visited: 7/12/2010

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This marker is located up a short flight of steps next door to the Town Hall on N Cumberland Dr in Cumberland Gap TN.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus

location: Tennessee

date approved: 5/26/2008

last visited: 9/21/2010

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Boone Trail Marker

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member heebinator

location: Virginia

date approved: 4/13/2008

last visited: 6/12/2008

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On Old Abingdon Hwy approximately 1/2-3/4 of a mile from the intersection of Lee Highway, Route 11, Off I-81s Exit 5.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member UberHOKIE

location: Virginia

date approved: 4/13/2008

last visited: 6/12/2008

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This marker is located on the front of Damascus Town Hall on Laurel Avenue.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: Virginia

date approved: 3/11/2008

last visited: 5/13/2008

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This marker is located on the corner of "D" Streets and Rt. 421 Business District.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 3/11/2008

last visited: 7/27/2010

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The original dedication was 1927 on the grounds of the old Dugger H.S.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: Tennessee

date approved: 3/7/2008

last visited: 3/20/2009

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Located on the corner of "D" St. and Rt 421 Business District in North Wilksboro, NC

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member macleod1

location: North Carolina

date approved: 3/6/2008

last visited: 5/14/2008

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