Sunday, August 13, 2006

Daniel Boone Was a Man, Nothing More

The Boone Society now offers a DNA test to help you prove descent from Daniel, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. But it was the final graf in today's article that interested me most.

"The highly popular but historically inaccurate TV series 'Daniel Boone' (1964-70) gave new life to an old legend," [Kentucky State Parks historian Ron] Bryant said. "No, Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin cap, nor did he kill great numbers of Indians … he said maybe three that he knew of, but he hated the thought of shedding human blood. He was not the tall, muscular pioneer of fiction, but rather a slightly built man of about 5 feet 8 inches, who tended to put on weight in old age." [Link]
More disillusionment here.

Jason Presley

I think the popular misconception was formed because Fess Parker always seemed to be wearing a coonskin hat. Then there's also the bitter "Nobody called him Davy" dispute....

Seems like anytime you find a pioneer story, there's ol' Fess Parker in the middle of it!


I grew up watching Fess reruns on Saturday nights. No wonder my understanding of U.S. history is seriously skewed.

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