Wilderness Road

The early route taken by the pioneers

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There were two routes into the territory - down the Ohio river and the other, through the great wilderness along the Cumberland Gap.

Travelers from the more northernly states traveled by road from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and then by way of the Ohio River. South of the Pennsylvania road another an out of Baltimore, to the Monongahela River. From there they made their way into Kentucky by water. This route became known as the Cumberland Road. Daniel Boone first traveled the Wilderness Road, which he marked and four years later the Virginia legislature set out to make the road a route for wagons to travel by.

Descriptive History of Wilderness Road

Daniel Boone's travel along Wilderness Road

Journals marking travel along Wilderness Road

List of those who donated to improve Wilderness Road

Criminals along the Road, the Rivers and Natchez Trace

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