Kentucky Tourism

Boone Station History

Established in 1992

SETTLEMENT: Boone Station State Historic State Park is located on a beautiful 46-acre tract in Fayette County. Daniel Boone (1734-1820), known for his role in the exploring and settling of the Kentucky frontier, decided that the settlement of Boonesborough had become far too crowded. In December 1779, Boone and his family established Boone’s Station. Along with other pioneer families, they constructed crude “half-camp” shelters during the bitterly cold winter of 1779-1780. The pioneers scraped snow from the ground in order to build their new homes. In the spring of 1780, the settlers built cabins and a stockade. At its height, the community had 15 to 20 families, including the Boone, Barrow, Hays, Morgan, Muir, Scholl and Stinson families.

HARDSHIPS: Daniel Boone and his family endured many hardships while living at Boone’s Station. Both his son Israel and nephew Thomas Boone were killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1781. Boone’s brother Edward was killed in Bourbon County by American Indians.

LOSES LAND: By 1781, Boone’s claim to Boone Station proved to be worthless. He and other members of the settlement continued to live there for a brief period. By 1791 Boone Station had ceased to exist. In 1795, Robert Frank purchased 500 acres that included the Station site from Ambrose Gordon. Frank and his wife Elizabeth became the first individuals to live on the land to have a clear legal title to the property. About 1795, Frank constructed a substantial stone dwelling on the site. By 1850 this structure had fallen into ruin and soon disappeared.

BOONE MOVES TO MISSOURI: Eventually Boone and his family moved to Missouri where the famous pioneer died in 1820.

BOONE BECOMES A LEGEND: By the time of Boone’s death, he had become one of the legendary figures of pioneer America. In 1784, John Filson, a land speculator and promoter, wrote the first history of Kentucky. He chose to relate the adventures of Boone settling the Kentucky wilderness in his history. Within a few years Filson’s history had been translated into French and German. The fame of Boone spread throughout America and Europe. Due to Filson’s work, Boone became the epitome of the American frontiersman.

REBURIAL OF DANIEL AND REBECCA BOONE: In 1845, the Governor, and General Assembly of Kentucky requested that the bodies of Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan Boone be reburied in Kentucky. Their remains are buried in the State Cemetery in Frankfort.

DONATION OF LAND: In 1991, Robert C. Strader willed the historic Boone Station site to the Kentucky State Parks System. In 1992, his wish to have Boone Station become a state park became a reality.