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Near Middlesboro in Bell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Emigrant's Dream

 
 
The Emigrant's Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
1. The Emigrant's Dream Marker
Inscription. Cumberland Gap, the break in the ridgeline you see ahead, is far more than just a pass through a long, rugged mountain barrier. For a generation of American pioneers this was the gateway from their old lives and limitations out to a frontier wilderness, full of promise, and the chance to start a better life.

What a buzzel is amongst people about Kentucke? To hear people speak of it one would think that it was a new found Paradise!
Reverend John Brown, 1775

Ask these Pilgrims what they expect when they git to Kentucke. The Answer is Land. Have you any? No, but I expect I can git it. Have you anything to pay for land? No. Did you Ever see the Country? No, but Every Body says it is good land...
Moses Austin, 1796
 
Erected by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 36.215′ N, 83° 41.741′ W. Marker is near Middlesboro, Kentucky, in Bell County. Marker is on Pinnacle Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the west end Cumberland Gap National Historical Park visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Middlesboro KY 40965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this
The Emigrant's Dream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
2. The Emigrant's Dream Marker
marker, measured as the crow flies. Gateway to Kaintuck (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky Cumberland Gap (approx. 0.4 miles away); Middlesboro Meteorite Crater Impact Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Two-Way Traffic (approx. 1.1 miles away); Middlesborough (approx. 1.1 miles away); Invasion through the Gap (approx. 1.2 miles away); Defense of the Gap (approx. 1.2 miles away); Morgan's Retreat (approx. 1.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Middlesboro.
 
Also see . . .  Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Cumberland Gap image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
3. Cumberland Gap
View from the marker location. The rise in the center, on the north side of the gap, is Pinnacle Overlook at an elevation of 2440 feet above sea level.
Reconstructed Settler's Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 5, 2010
4. Reconstructed Settler's Cabin
A cabin at the visitor center serves as an example of early settler dwellings. The cabin is used for living history displays.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 770 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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