Photograph, circa 1918, with caption discussing the removal of Daniel Boone's cabin monument (circa 1968) for a new highway.
Transcription: Boone's Cabin Monument - A picture taken close to fifty years ago shows a group of Boone citizens seated at the Daniel Boone monument. See if you can identify all of the them. The monument, it is now understood to be torn away in the path of the new highway. It had formerly been said by Highway officials that the structure would be moved off the right-of-way. That the monument stands on the exact site of the Daniel Boone cabin seems to be fairly well authenticated and as late as 1911 the chimney stones were being pointed out to school children. Historian Arthur recalls that when the monument was built in 1912 the digging for the foundation uncovered a rusted set of bullet molds. The cabin was used by all hunters and others who found themselves in the locality at nightfall. Benjamin Howard kept the salt for his cattle in the cabin. Howard's name was given to Rich Mountain's lofty peak and the town was named for Boone. It's a shame that Boone's only authentic historical point is to loose its identity. The monument was constructed by Boone's first Mayor, W. L. Bryan with funds contributed by himself and others. A great deal of interest was aroused by the picture in the last edition of the Democrat of a group of citizens seated on a plank at the Daniel Boone monument...Everywhere we go we are asked to identify old timers...As a matter of fact we can't...Of course we can be sure of the fellow, front row, second from the right, since he was our dad; the man on the left of the same row was a good friend, Dr. J.W. Jones...Maybe it's the big hats, but we can't be sure of the others, unless the one on the right, standing, is John Preston Arthur...Again, there ought to be some way to keep that monument...It isn't a thing of beauty but it serves a good purpose...Must ever material link with our storied past be broken?





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