The Frontier Industrialist
Using probably every cent of her inheritance and savings, Elizabeth Patton Crockett invested in a business venture with her husband that made sense to this growing frontier community. She and David built a crude industrial complex on the banks of Shoals Creek whose manufactured products were some of the key staples to surviving in the backwoods: gunpowder, flour, and corn liquor (whisky). Surviving artifacts indicate that the gristmill was an “undershot” design — the water turning the wheel by running under it — and that the structure was located on the Park side of Shoals Creek at the rapids.
The sculpted millstone (three have been found) would crush the grain and ground it down into fine particles before being sifted through a screen. Gunpowder factories were quite dangerous and required a careful process of mixing charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter under proper temperature and humidity. The distillery required patience and disciplined management, so that the fermentation process could be achieved. Undoubtedly, all three operations, demanded intensive labor and proper management
Importance and Influence in American History
During his life, David Crockett embodied the spirit of the true pioneer. Indeed, a man well acquainted with adversity. He suffered great losses and terrible setbacks while attempting to capture the elusive dream of a better life for all. And so, not surprisingly, his single mission in life eventually became that of public service: to provide affordable land prices to the very pioneers who had first ventured west — while burying their friends and family along the way — and who had scratched into the land a foothold for the civilization that would follow.
Historian Richard B. Hauck, is one of many scholars who eloquently reminds us that, “the biography of Crockett is not the history of an institution builder, conqueror, king, or president, instead, this is a story of a common man who fought with uncommon style. In his role as a lone dissenter taking large personal risks, Crockett displayed the qualities Americans identify as those values, which distinguish the frontier individualist. These values are the seeds of his legend, and it is Crockett’s legend which is the epic that engaged his audience.”
Military Career in Lawrence County
In straightforward fashion, David decided to inform the electorate of the ploy: “he then made a speech, and informed the people that I was his opponent. I mounted up for a speech too. I told the people that cause of my opposing him, remarking that as I had the whole family to run against any way, I was determined to levy on the head of the mess. When the time for the election came, his son was opposed
The duties of the Colonel of any militia regiment (according to state militia laws) was to make sure the battalion was properly drilled, equipped, and organized in the unlikely case it was called into action.
Although Colonel Crockett was responsible for maintaining the regiment and keeping its records, we have very little idea how this business was actually conducted. Just the same, the illustrious Colonel from the “cane” would proudly carry his militia title throughout his remaining years.
Location. 35° 16.049′ N, 87° 21.72′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, in Lawrence County. Marker is on David Crocket State Park Road. Marker is located on outside wall of museum at the mill. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceburg TN 38464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red-Tailed Hawk (here, next to this marker); Welcome to David Crockett State Park (here, next to this marker); 1786-1836 David Crockett (here, next to this marker); A Summary of the Life of Davy Crockett: (here, next to this marker); Shoal Creek Mill Stone (approx. 0.3 miles away); Retracing the Trail of Tears (approx. 1.4 miles
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