Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap


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The Cumberland Gap is a natural passage through the Cumberland Mountains, not far from the point where the borders of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee meet. The gap was formed by the erosive action of a stream that once flowed there. It was explored and named in 1750 by Dr. Thomas Walker, who was the leader of a land company exploration party. American frontiersman Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road ran through the gap. The Cumberland Gap was a strategic point in the Civil War and it was held alternately by Confederate and Union forces. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was established in 1940.


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