Blowing Rock in Watauga County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Daniel Boone Trail Marker
This monument was erected two blocks north of this site on September 1, 1927. Mr. Thomas H. Coffey was chairman of the Boone Trail Association with units in Blowing Rock, Boone and Linville. In 1980, Paul Coffey owner of the site of the original marker joined with his brother Glenn Coffey to dismantle the deteriorating marker and rebuild it nearby on the grounds of the Blue Ridge Motel.
The town accepted the gift of the monument on September 13,2005 and it was moved to this site in 2006. At the time of the first relocation, the bear on this marker was replicated to replace the original one.
Mr. Joseph Hampton Rich (1874-1949) who concieved the idea of marking Daniel Boone's trail, wanted to celebrate the trail-blazer's success and pay tribute to his hero. He began marking the trail in western North Carolina and eventually several hundred markers were placed from coast to coast, Mr. Rich incorporated metal from the Battleship Maine in each tablet and dedicated each monument with patriotic fervor, establishing his work as unique, significant and memorable. Blowing Rock is fortunate to have one of the few remaining markers in the country.
Location. 36° 7.991′ N, 81° 40.698′ W. Marker is in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, in Watauga County. Marker is on Main Street (Business U.S. 321) near Sunset Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located next to the Blowing Rock Museum at the City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Blowing Rock NC 28605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stoneman's Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Carriage Roads (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Blowing Rock (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elliott Daingerfield (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Stoneman's Raid (approx. 2.3 miles away); Appalachian State University (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different marker also named Stoneman's Raid (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ginseng Trade (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blowing Rock.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. markers along the Trail
Also see . . .
1. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail. The History of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail
2. Daniel Boone, Wikipedia entry. an American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman whose frontier exploits made him one of the first folk heroes of the
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