|The Chenoweth family by the Loutre Lick Springs marker|
of Boone's Lick Road.
The Boone's Lick Trail was a a 120-mile stretch of trail blazed by the famous pioneer Daniel Boone in 1799. When a salt lick was discovered along the Missouri River, Boone's sons, Nathan and Daniel Morgan, further developed the trail. Salt was essential for early settlers since they used it to cure meat, so the brothers made a business out of boiling out and selling the salt.
|Route of Boone's Lick Road|
It played a significant role in developing the state of Missouri; however, it is largely unknown by most of the residents of the state today. According to historian Ken Kamper, resident historian at the Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village, "The Boone's Lick Trail was the only trail people were using going west until they got to the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. It was a major corridor for 40 years."
|Family car trip on a dirt road in Kansas|
|Road trip through the mountains|
Today not much remains of the original trail aside from the granite road markers scattered across the state; most of the trail is now part of U.S. Highway 40. As sad as this might sound for most historical sites, a group of Missourians actually wanted for it to be turned into a highway. In 1911, the Daughters of the American Revolution led crusaded for a national highway to be built along the existing trails. In a sense, this trail gave birth to the highway system and became a part of the first highway in the United States.
View more of the Chenoweth family road trips in the Blanche Espy Chenoweth collection of the University of Houston Digital Library.