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David in Floyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Daniel Boone’s Salt Lick

 
 
Daniel Boone Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2019
1. Daniel Boone Monument
Inscription.  Daniel Boone, in company with William Hill, spent the winter of 1767–68 hunting and exploring on the upper waters of the Big Sandy River. They were forced to make camp near this spot during the severe winter months close to the salt lick which flowed from a spring just above here. Game was plentiful and the two hunters had only to wait in their little shack for the deer and other animals to come to lick the salt. Thus their scanty supply of ammunition and food was conserved, and this salt lick probably played an important part in saving the lives of the woodsmen.

Another famous American, the great orator and statesman, Henry Clay, in partnership with John C. Breckinridge, was the first owner of a great boundary of this land, but sold the area surrounding the salt lick for a very small rum to men who, realizing the commercial importance of the salt deposit, began exploiting it in 1795. From then on until after the Civil War, salt was made and sold. Residents in the area would bring their families and camp here for weeks until they had made their own year’s supply. Shortly after the Civil War the salt lick was abandoned, but
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the legend of Daniel Boone lives on.
 
Erected 1948 by the Daniel Boone Troop 143, Boy Scouts of America, David, Kentucky, on May 1, 1944.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNatural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1795.
 
Location. 37° 35.972′ N, 82° 53.276′ W. Marker is in David, Kentucky, in Floyd County. Marker is on Kentucky Route 144, on the right when traveling east. It is 0.2 miles east of the David post office, in front of the former coal town company store. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: David KY 41616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boone Salt Springs (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Command Post (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Confederate Waiting Game (approx. 5.4 miles away); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (I) (approx. 5.4 miles away); Kentuckian versus Kentuckian (II) (approx. 5.4 miles away); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1861-1862 (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation (approx. 5.4 miles away); Eastern Kentucky's Civil War Battles and Skirmishes, 1863-1864 (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Daniel Boone’s Salt Lick.
Daniel Boone Monument in David, Kentucky image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2019
2. Daniel Boone Monument in David, Kentucky
The salt spring is reported to be “just a few yards away” from this monument. Perhaps it is across the road.
 
Boone Monument and the former David Company Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 19, 2019
3. Boone Monument and the former David Company Store
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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