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From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

I know that isn't true to history but neither did Hollywood get it right concerning these popular folk heroes! Both men served in their states General assemblies; Davy Crockett did three terms in Tennessee and Daniel Boone also did three terms in Virginia.

Both were labeled as frontiersmen; Boone is credited as being the founder of Westward expansion and opened the Wilderness Road into Kentucky paving the way for settlement. Crockett could split a bullet in half by firing at an axe blade at 40 yards. Some how he ended up in Texas and became a martyr at the Alamo.

There are towns, counties, schools and such named in honor of them even two National Forests bear their name. And Crockett was commemorated with a five cent US Postal stamp in 1967 while the next year Boone appeared on the six cent version.

Of course these stamps were issued at the height of the NBC TV series Daniel Boone which ran from 1964 to 1970. It was Walt Disney who brought Davy Crockett to the screen in the 1950s. Crockett became a household name and every kid in American sported a Coon skin cap.

I think that's where the confusion starts and the superimposition of these two men begins - as it was Fess Parker who played Crockett and when he became Daniel Boone, on NBC,  he was still wearing that Coon skin Cap!

Now don't get me wrong as I have a lot of respect for Fess Parker and Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett too for that matter as well as John Wayne as he wore a Coon Skin Cap a time or two also. But the fact of the matter is that Daniel Boone didn't wear the Coon Skin in real life! At least there is no record of him doing so.

Once asked if he'd ever been lost Ole Daniel replied "Nope, but I've been a might confused a time or two." Appears Hollywood has been a might confused a lot concerning our history and heroes. Anyway, what this all comes down to is; for your viewing pleasure INSP TV has a six hour marathon of Daniel Boone episodes starring Fess Parker beginning at 2pm eastern time tomorrow (Sunday September 28th). Starting Monday 9/29 they will air a one hour episode each weekday afternoon.

Keep your powder dry and watch your top knots, boys.

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Comment by dirtrider on September 28, 2014 at 6:08am

We have the opportunity to see Daniel Boone on every weekday morning, right with breakfast.  Seems that ole Davy only gets to die at the Alamo.

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