Hunters and Explorers: Trail Blazers:
Daniel Boone had become familiar with Cumberland Gap during his many expeditions to Kentucky as a long hunter. In 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution, land speculator Richard Henderson commissioned Boone to lead a group of axmen to blaze a trail through Cumberland gap. Henderson's efforts to establish a colony are all but forgotten. However, the trail Boone marked is still known as the Wilderness Road. It opened the way for the migration of 100,000s of pioneers through the Gap to western territories.