Daniel Boone

Too Crowded Kentucky

It was on this day in 1769, that Daniel Boone first laid eyes on the forests of present-day Kentucky.
Boone wrote in his journal:

"Not a breeze shook the most tremulous leaf. I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below."

30 years later, Boone left Kentucky and followed his son to Missouri.
He was often asked why he left Kentucky.  He always answered the same way:
“Too crowded! too crowded! I want elbow-room!”

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