1874 Mitchell Atlas of the World – Kentucky, Tennessee

 

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From the 1874 Mitchell World Atlas of 1874, this County map of Tennessee and Kentucky is a highly detailed,hand-colored beauty.
Reproduced in full size of 12″x15″ on heavyweight enhanced matte paper.

Kentucky's Wilderness Road served as the principal route used by settlers for over 50 years. The road reached Kentucky from the East. In 1775, American explorer Daniel Boone blazed a train for the Transylvania Company. It progressed from Virginia  through the Cumberland Gap, and into central Kentucky. The path was lengthened years later to reach Louisville, Kentucky. The path proved steep and rough, able to be traveled only by foot or horseback. Despite these drawbacks and other accompanying adverse conditions, thousands traveled along the trail. The road also carried the danger of attacks by surrounding Native American tribes, forcing the pioneers to travel well armed. Still yet, hundreds of pioneer's lives were taken by the attacks. In 1792, the path was upgraded. This lead to its resurfacing as an all-weather road, open for wagon and carriage travel, in 1796.  

Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 12" x 15"

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