On March 10, in a research and pilot project, Curtis Penix will begin an historic 200-mile trek, hiking the path marked by Daniel Boone almost 250 years ago. A 46-year old Michigan native with Kentucky roots, Penix will begin his 16-day trek at Long Island on the Holston River in what is now Kingsport, Tennessee, the site from which Daniel Boone and his party left in March 1775.
Following ancient Indian and buffalo trails, Boone and his party of ax-wielding men blazed a pathway through the wilderness from Tennessee through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky. This pathway not only gave tens of thousands of European settlers a way into land in what would become the present day Commonwealth of Kentucky but, also, opened the gateway to the settlement of the west.
Penix will follow in the footsteps of his 5X great grandfather Joshua Penix, who helped establish Boonesborough as a permanent settlement in 1779. Although much of Boone’s original road has been lost to natural forces and land development, Penix will follow the route determined by the research of pioneer history author Neal O. Hammon in the late 60’s and, most recently, by John Fox, MD, president of the Friends of Boone Trace, Inc. (an organization dedicated to historical, educational and research activities for the preservation of the Trace and its legacy).
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