Lone Hunter Camp

Lone Hunter Camp (HM1QG3)

Location: Greensburg, KY 42743 Green County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.2198', W 85° 22.9222'

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Pushing on through Cumberland Gap, the adventurers were soon in the heart of Kentucky. In accordance with custom, they visited some of the best licks - a few of which were probably first seen by them - for here wild beasts were always to be found in profusion. At Knob Licks they beheld from an eminence which overlooked the springs "what they estimated at largely over a thousand animals, including buffaloe [sic], elk, bear, and deer, with many wild turkies [sic] scattered among them - all quite restless, some playing, and others busily employed in licking the earth; but at length they took flight and bounded away all in one direction, so that in the brief space of a couple of minutes not an animal was to be seen." Within an area of many acres, the animals had eaten the salty earth to a depth of several feet.

Successful in a high degree, the party ceased operations in February, and had completed preparations for sending a large shipment of skins, furs, and "jerk" to the settlements, when, in their temporary absence, roving Cherokees robbed them of much of their stores and spoiled the greater part of the remainder. By February, 1771, there were only about fourteen of the hunters left in this party. All the others had gone home. The camp of the remaining hunters was raided by Indians, led by Will Emery, a half-breed Cherokee. The Indians made off will all the skins the party had collected. Before departing Kentucky, the hunters carved in a beech tree, "FIFTEEN HUNDRED SKINS GONE TO RUINATION."

It was about this time that the hunters were startled by a strange noise coming from deep within the woods. Always wary of Indians, one of the hunters, Gasper Mansker, grabbed his rifle, told the others to keep quiet and went to investigate the strange sound. Soon, from behind a tree, he discovered the source of the strange sound. Lying flat on his back looking straight into the heavens was a man singing a hymn at the top of his lungs. The singer was Daniel Boone. Boone admitted a penchant for singing when alone in the wilderness.

Boone and his brother Squire joined this party of long hunters for a time as they explored the Green and Cumberland River Valleys.

The long hunters who were led by Joseph Drake and Henry Skaggs maintained a permanent camp for a time on the shores of the Barren River near where modern day Bowling Green, Kentucky is located. One tributary to the Barren River near still bears the name of Drake's Creek. Not far from this creek is Skagg's Creek. The Boones spent some time with the Long Hunters, no doubt delighted at this opportunity of once more mingling with men of their kind. Among their amusement was that of naming rivers, creeks, and hills after members of the party; many of these names are still preserved upon the map of Kentucky.But the Boone brothers left their comrades in March and headed for the Yadkin, with horses now well laden with spoils of their chase.
HM NumberHM1QG3
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Historical Period17th Century
Historical PlaceChurch/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleMounted
Marker Number148
Placed ByKy Dept. Of Highways
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 4:46pm PST -08:00
Photo Credits: [1] DARYL SKAGGS  [2] DARYL SKAGGS  
Locationbig map
Directions InformationHighway 61 to highway 767. See the Long Hunter sign, turn right, going from Columbia, KY.The "Long Hunters" stored their animal skins in a shelter called a skinhouse, located where the church now stands.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 643643 N 4114993
Decimal Degrees37.17033000, -85.38203700
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.2198', W 85° 22.9222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 13.1880" N, 85° 22' 55.3332" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)270
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1289-1361 State Hwy 2188, Greensburg KY 42743, US
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Jan 11, 2016 at 4:51pm PST by dskaggs777

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