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Mind the Gap – The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

November 25, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Almost 300,000 pioneers passed through the Cumberland Gap between 1760 and 1850

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park gets its name from the Cumberland Gap, the gateway to the West: a wide, low point in the Appalachian Mountains right around where the Kentucky border meets those of Tennessee and Virginia – and it’s a pretty incredible section of the country.

This Cumberland Gap has long been a migration point for larger animals hoping to go north or south through the mountains – and by larger animals I mean things like deer, bison, and people like you and I.

Native American tribes used the gap for both trade and war on each other. Settlers used it to move west – between 1760 and 1850, historians estimate that almost 300,000 American settlers passed through the Cumberland Gap.

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