These are the maps used by Neal Hammon in 1970 to map Boone Trace. They are in order beginning at the Gap. He based the route of Boone Trace on early surveys done by the surveyors who flooded into Kentucky shortly after Daniel Boone opened up the trail in 1775. They would often use The Trace as a reference point on their survey represented as a dotted line with some topographic features. Boone Trace was referred to as “Boone’s Road or the Kentucky Road, etc.”
Neal took the surveys and transposed them on to modern USGS maps using a CAD program on his MacIntosh computer. Depending on your computer, you should be able to zoom in on each of these maps for further detail, and Boone Trace will appear as a green line.
For a more detailed description of this process, see the Neal Hammon section on this site. It is pretty fascinating. His article, Early Roads into Kentucky, published in 1970 can be referred to while studying these maps and will give a greater depth of understanding of The Trace. We owe him a great debt of appreciation for this work; because, to this day, it gives evidence-based documentation the actual route of Boone Trace.
USGS Maps of Boone Trace
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Map 1 - Cumberland Gap
(also called "Middlesboro South")
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