Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
September 9, 2013
Boone Trail Marker #104 has been placed.
The massive granite arrowhead highlights a particular location of the original Daniel Boone trail and closes a chapter on a trail marker that was never placed.
According to EVTA trailblazers, they discovered in their search for trails that the Boone Trail Highway was located in Wilkes and Surry County and in particular, they found that a monument was slated for placement in Elkin in about 1921.
The unveiling ceremony will take place on the ‘Hippo lot’ located on the southwest corner of N. Bridge St. and W. Market St. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.
It took a crane and several operators to properly assemble the monument.
Everett Gary Marshall, author of Rich Man: Daniel Boone, will unveil the Elkin monument and talk about the history of the Boone Trail markers, in particular marker #104.
The Boone Trail Highway and Memorial Association (BTHMA) was founded in 1913 by Phillp Hanes and Thurmond Chatham was the Director of the BTHMA from 1928 to 1932. Descendents of Phillip Hanes and Thurmond Chatham still live in Wilkes and Surry County.
The EVTA discovered that Elkin was on the original iron plate made for this trail and this plate appears on page 284 of Marshall’s book. Elkin is on the BTHMA official Registry of Markers and was to be the site of Marker # 104.
The Elkin marker is seven-foot high granite arrowhead marker, salt and pepper type, made from Mt. Airy Granite.
A bronze plaque cast in the manner of the original markers is inset into the granite, said Joe Hicks of EVTA.
“This is North Carolina granite. It’s truly an arrowhead as they would’ve done back in the day. Right now the pieces get some glue on it. After that, nothing is moving this arrowhead,” said Hicks.
After the unveiling, former Senator James Broyhill will give a PowerPoint presentation and talk about the Overmountain Victory Trail and the Battle of Kings Mountain. Senator Broyhill’s talk will be held at the Elkin Center of Surry Community College (off North Bridge Street at the NC 268 bypass) in Elkin at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
EVTA trailblazers have been dilligently working on a multi-use trail system that connects downtown Elkin through Wilkes County to Stone Mountain State Park. Over 2.5 miles of the trail was formally three feet wide and is now being expanded to allow for a handicap-access road stretching from Crater Park to a pedestrian bridge, which will be constructed and located approximately 200-feet above the Shoe Factory Dam.
“The first segment of the trail runs adjacent to the old railroad bed of the decommissioned Elkin & Alleghany railroad and will be called the E & A Rail Trail,” Dr. William Blackley said in a prior interview. Dr. Blackley is the chair of the EVTA board.
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