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Pennington Gap, VA, 1800s. Minus the dirt streets, it might have had more "cachet" back then. Pennington Gap is located in the next county west of where I grew up.

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Pennington Gap, VA

Historical Marker in Pennington Gap, Virginia

Cumberland Gap - Most of the earliest settlers of the Cumberland Gap area were Scots-Irish. (David Wright painting)

Powell Valley near Big Stone Gap, VA I really miss this place sometimes!! :(

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The Wilderness Road was the principal route used by settlers for more than fifty years to reach Kentucky from the East. In 1775, Daniel Boone blazed a trail for the Transylvania Company from Fort Chiswell in Virginia through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky. Library of Congress illustration.

You probably know that chestnut trees once blanketed the Appalachians. Before blight decimated them, they accounted for a quarter of all trees in the mountains.