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The two RV Gypsies at
Cumberland Gap National Park
in Kentucky, Tennessee, & Virginia
June 1, 2013

Karen Duquette at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
sign: Pinnacle Overlook elevation 2440 feet

Established on June 11, 1940, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park located at the border between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Cumberland Gap is a sizable natural break in the Appalachian Mountains.

The park lies in parts of Bell and Harlan counties in Kentucky, Claiborne County in Tennessee, and Lee County in Virginia. The park contains the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee tri-state area, accessible via a short easy to walk trail.

sign about how to behave in the park
sign at Cumberland Gap
sign about the Cumberland Mountains
sign about the Cumberland Mountains
view of the mountains at Cumberland Gap
nature routes
sign about the Gap
Sign about the gap
view of the gap

The two RV Gypsies stood in Tennessee while taking these photos.

panorama at Cumberland Gap National Park
panorama at Cumberland Gap National Park
close-up view

view looking down from the edge of the railing

view looking down from the edge of the railing
flowers growing out of the boulder
sign about Virginia and the Gap
sign about Powell's Valley
sign about Powell's Valley
Powell's Valley

The two RV Gypsies stood in Virginia while taking these photos of Powell's Valley

Karen Duquette standing in Virginia taking photos of Powell's Valley
sign about Powell
view of Powell's valley
close-up of the view
trail to the next section - The Gap
Tri state map
state line info
sign: Boundaries settled
view of the gap

history bookThe gap was long used by Native Americans, as many species of migratory animals passed through it from north to south each year. It was fertile hunting territory and the only easy cut through the mountains from the southern wintering grounds of wild deer and buffalo to their northern summer range. Starting around 1775, the Gap became the primary route of transit for American settlers moving west into Kentucky; between 1775 and 1810 as many as 300,000 settlers may have used the Gap.

Two families by the name of Hensley and Gibbons moved to Brush Mountain to escape the many changes that were taking place in the early 1900s. Eventually, more family members followed and a community was begun. A church and school was established under the jurisdiction of the Bell County School System of Bell County, Kentucky.

Settlers continued their pioneer lifestyle until future generations began accepting employment and marriage partners off the mountain. Sherman Hensley, the founder of the settlement, was the last to leave in 1951.

a big rock
sign - gateway to Kaintuck
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May 30 - June 5, 2013
You may visit these seven (7) sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Michigan below

Renfro Valley KOA & The Tunnel

Anglin Falls in Berea, KY

Berea Old Town Artist Village

Cumberland Gap Nat'l Park

Louisville South KOA / Hiking

The Chained Rock

Louisville, Kentucky& a Segway tour - 2 pages

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