07.02.16 (G. Kueber)
The Boone Trail Highway is a product of Joseph Hampton Rich - from Mocksville, NC - who wanted to keep the memory of Daniel Boone's travels in the automobile age. From 1913 to 1938, he successfully erected 358 metal tablets from Virginia Beach to San Francisco.
The Daniel Boone plaque itself was...
The text reads:
"From this spot where stood the old state house was started an expedition of frontiersmen under Col. Richard Henderson, for Kentucky, led by Daniel Boone, March 17, 1776. ---- 'And they marched away solemnly as if going to the ends of the world.' ---- Near by [sic] are buried : 1. Signer of Declaration of Independence 2. Governors 3. Chief Justices. ---- Tablet is metal of U.S.S. Maine."
Obverse has two metal plaques, one bearing a bust likeness of a Native American man, with the text "Here passed the Trading Path." and the other a full-length portrait of Daniel Boone stating "Boone Trail Highway."
It seems well documented that Henderson hired Boone to help blaze a trail to Kentucky (the 'Wilderness Road') as part of his land speculation with the Transylvania Company, and that Henderson had resided in Hillsborough as an associate justice of the colony's superior court, where he tangled with the Regulators. But it does not seem well documented that Henderson and Boone set off together on an expedition leaving from Hillsborough.
Given that Boone is my 7G granduncle, I would find it quite cool if he spent some time hanging out on Churton St., like I do.