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Wilderness Road

noun, American History
1.
a 300-mile (500-km) route from eastern Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, explored by Daniel Boone in 1769 and marked as a trail by him and other pioneers in 1775: a major route for early settlers moving west.
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  • Along the way a pleasant reminder of an almost forgotten past is that of the Wilderness Road Weavers busy at loom and wheel.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Boone makes the "Wilderness Road," and builds the fort at Boonesboro'.

  • This, and patrolling the Wilderness Road and other militia duties, made up Tom's life.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Three years had passed, and along the Wilderness Road was swelling a fuller tide of emigration, hot with the fever of the west.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • They came over the Wilderness Road that Boone and his men had made.

    Daniel Boone Katharine E. Wilkie
  • For others, now, the paths he had hewn and made safe; for Boone once more the Wilderness Road.

    Pioneers of the Old Southwest Constance Lindsay Skinner
  • Logan and his forest rangers, like knights of old, guarded the Wilderness Road.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • Your grandmothers traveled their Wilderness Road, and you're travelin' yours, and one's as hard as the other.

    The Land of Long Ago Eliza Calvert Hall
  • Twenty-five years must we be cut off when the Wilderness Road is thronged with packtrains, when the Ohio is black with flatboats?

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • The itineraries of early travelers describe the Wilderness Road in definite terms.

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