The Seneca Trail

Saturday, Aug 26, 1944

1944_08_Hotel Tygart_Aug 26

Here we are in Elkins, West Virginia at the Hotel Tygart after visiting Luray Caverns. The hotel is a nice place, built in 1907, and it’s right on The Seneca Trail. Daddy says the Trail was originally a footpath on the ridges of the Allegheny Mountains that Indian tribes used to travel. King George III used it as a boundary in the Proclamation of 1763 saying no settlers were to move west of this line. The king wanted to protect the Indians’ land but explorers and pioneers moved west anyway. In 1809, Thomas Jefferson authorized the construction of the Cumberland, or National, Road. This was the first major improved highway built by the US government, connected the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and further opened the settling of the West.



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