Below the LineMarch 10, 2015
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Today in Southern History: On March 10, 1775, frontiersman Daniel Boone led thirty mounted axmen from a spot on the Holston River near what is now Kingsport, Tennessee, through the Cumberland Gap of Virginia and into Kentucky. His expedition through 200 miles of wilderness inspired thousands of people to explore and inhabit what was then America’s frontier. “If I were to interview people on the street and ask, ‘What is Daniel Boone most known for?,’ I bet that no one would say he is the father of the western movement who led this nation into an expansion of where we live today,” says Sam Compton, president of the Boone Society.