Deer Diary

The signs in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park taught me some things about Daniel Boone. He was a longhunter, which means he would go on hunting expeditions that lasted a long time. The lesson on the sign also said that longhunters didn’t need to carry many provisions because they were confident in the knowledge that they would soon feast on their catch.

As my wife and I walked along the Wilderness Road, we spotted something that would have interested Daniel Boone. Seven deer were grazing on the hillside.


In several places around the park we saw photos of a painting titled Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap. The original painting is in the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.

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