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Town of Cumberland Gap

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Cumberland Gap is a natural Passage through the Mountains near the point where Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee meet. It was explored and named by Dr. Thomas Walker and Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Road through the Gap into Kentucky. During the Civil War it was considered a strategic location held, at times by both Confederate and Union force. Although, there were many skirmishes and the Gap changed hands four times during the war, no major battles actually took place here

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