Frankfort in Franklin County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
A Legend in His Own Time ...
Family "scandals” resulted in his father's expulsion from the Society of Friends and the family moved to the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina, arriving in 1751 or 1752. From there Boone explored west into Kentucky in the 1760s and 1770s. In 1775 he established the frontier outpost of Boonesborough, one of the first white settlements in Kentucky. When the Kentucky territory became part of Virginia, Boone was named an officer in the Virginia militia and spent the next several years trail blazing and fighting Indians. His “autobiography,” written by John Filson and published in 1784, depicted Boone as wily and adventurous and made him a folk hero.
Boone tried to establish extensive land claims in Kentucky, but was unable to retain them and many were invalidated
Commencing in the 1820s, several actors have portrayed Boone in various buckskin costumes, all of which included a coonskin cap. The most popular of these portrayals was by the actor Fess Parker in the TV series Daniel Boone from 1964-70. The real Boone thought coonskin caps were silly and impractical. Boone always wore a beaver or felt hat instead, which had a wide brim for keeping out the sun and rain.
Daniel Boone was chosen as the center piece of the memorial because he is uniquely linked to the establishment of Kentucky and his presence pays tribute to the roots of today's Kentucky National Guard. New Kentucky National Guard officer candidate school graduates are sworn in at Daniel Boone's grave site in homage to his place in Kentucky Military History. Boone National Guard Center, the state's National Guard headquarters was named in his honor in 1962.
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels provided funding for the Daniel Boone Bronze through its Good Works Program. Every year, The Honorable
Top right: Above, Daniel Boone sat to have his portrait painted only once in his lifetime for Chester Harding in 1820.
Bottom right: At right, renowned Kentucky sculptor Wyatt L. Gragg of Prospect refines the larger than life clay of Boone.
Erected by Kentucky National Guard.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Exploration • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 11.298′ N, 84° 53.669′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Minuteman Parkway and West Frankfort ConnectorTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Minuteman Parkway, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Memorial Project (here, next to this marker); "Fight as Kentuckians" (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named "Fight as Kentuckians" (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named "Fight as Kentuckians" (a few steps from this marker); Kentucky National Guard Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named "Fight as Kentuckians" (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky — Kentucky Militia (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Kentucky's Capitol and Capital (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frankfort.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 4. submitted on December 14, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.