What do Daniel Boone, a salt lick in Missouri and Santa Fe, Mexico (yes, I said Mexico) have in common? No, I’m not setting you up for the punch line of some silly joke. The answer is – there is a historical thread tying these three together!
When doing some family history research in Missouri a few years ago, I stumbled upon a stone monument – maybe 4’ high by 2’ wide – marking something called the Boone’s Lick Road. This spot is an hour or so west of St. Louis on an old country road that parallels Interstate 70. I thought to myself “what the heck is a Boone’s Lick anyway?”
While doing some “digging” on the internet, I discovered that Daniel Boone – after “discovering” Kentucky and doing a lot of other cool pioneering stuff – settled in Missouri. The excerpt below from waymarking.com ties this tale together:
The road originated as an old Indian trace. In 1764, the first part of the road was expanded by trappers through St. Louis County, Missouri. This part of the road is known as St. Charles Rock Road. The road was expanded by brothers Daniel Morgan and Nathanial Boone, sons of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, as part of gaining access to salt springs near present day New Franklin, Missouri. The complete road from St. Louis to Franklin, Missouri takes its name from the Boone brothers. In 1821, William Becknell established a road from Franklin to Santa Fe, Mexico, there by establishing the Santa Fe Trail. The Santa Fe Trail at Kansas City splits off into other major wagon roads such as the California and Oregon Trails. The Boone’s Lick road is the land route to the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail and carried many of those who would settle the west.
To this little historical chain, I’ll add another link…
How did it come about that I found this marker and what was I doing on this seldom used road? I came to “visit” my father’s father’s mother’s father whose days on this earth came to an end just a few hundred feet away… after “being run over by a team of horses.” Ouch!!