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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