Daniel Boone II - This Time It's Personal

QUESTION:  Who played Daniel Boone in the Disney program from 1964 through 1970?
A)  Leslie Nielsen
B)  Fess Parker
C)  Lloyd Bridges
D)  Peter Graves

We ended last Friday's blog with a cliffhanger. We were talking about the many adventures of a still as-yet-unknown explorer named Daniel Boone.  Born in Pennsylvania, he took up arms for Britain in the French-Indian War, but stayed loyal to the colonies when the Revolution broke out. Boone had lost one of his sons in a brutal attack by Native Americans hoping to dissuade western settlement but, undeterred, he stayed west of the Appalachian Mountains. When one of his daughters was kidnapped by other Native Americans, Boone and a posse managed to rescue her - an event that would later inspire James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. Shortly after these events, Boone was captured by Shawnee angry with the frontiersmen encroaching on their land. He lived among the tribe long enough for his family to think him dead prior to making his escape.

Boone continued guiding settlers west including, as legend has it, the family of Abraham Lincoln's grandfather. His adventures continued through the Revolutionary War and after, generally in anonymity. That began to change around the time he turned fifty years old - semi-factual biographies of Boone started to see publication in which he was described as killing bears/"bars" at the age of three. The rise of his celebrity did not bring financial security, though, and he decided to leave the new United States in 1799, opting for Spanish Louisiana, to what is now part of Missouri. He stayed once the United States took over in 1804, and he lived out his life there with his son Nathan.  Upon his death in 1820 at the age of 85, Boone's legend became larger than he ever was in life. The bodies of Boone and his wife were disinterred and removed to Frankfort, Kentucky, causing friction between the two states to this day. Now, we celebrate Daniel and the Boones in our blog and in our Toy Box.

ANSWER:  B)  Fess Parker, the only actor listed above who did not make an appearance in the 1980 satire Airplane!

Daniel Boone

QUESTION:  What was the first state added to the United States after George Washington became president?
A)  North Carolina
B)  Vermont
C)  Tennessee
D)  Kentucky

As the American Treasure Tour blog continues our exploration of the lithograph images in our Toy Box, we stop today on the first American-born explorer to become a celebrity:  Daniel Boone. For those of you who live near Oaks, Pennsylvania, Boone is a local.  He was born near the modern city of Reading, only twenty-six and a half miles from us (just a little longer than a marathon's run away!).  That was in 1734. One of eleven brothers and sisters, Boone's father Squire was a Quaker who joined William Penn on his journey across the Atlantic to avoid religious persecution in England. Living on the frontier forced Boone to become a hunter, and he excelled at it. In 1755, he volunteered to serve as a wagoner alongside his famous cousin Daniel Morgan during the French and Indian War.  When his commanding officer, British General Edward Braddock, was killed in an attack, Boone and Morgan (and fellow volunteer George Washington) survived unscathed, but they were part of the lucky few. 

Boone would follow his parents' legacy and ultimately have ten children with his wife Rebecca Bryan (who was also his sister-in-law, thanks to his brother marrying her sister), including his youngest son Nathan, the first Caucasian born in the future Commonwealth of Kentucky. That was long after he first guided western-moving settlers into the region of Virginia now called Kentucky. The biggest problem with American colonials migrating west was that they legally were not allowed to do it. In the effort to keep Indian hostilities to a minimum, the British government created what's called the Proclamation Line, an imaginary line across which settlers were forbidden to pass. It was largely ignored, causing increased hostilities, and Boone was definitely part of the problem.

ANSWER:  A)  North Carolina.  Kind of a trick question.  North Carolina was one of the original thirteen colonies, but they did not ratify the Constitution and officially become part of the United States until November 21, 1789.  George Washington was inaugurated on April 30th that year. Rhode Island, another of the originals, did not ratify until May 29, 1790.  The first non-British colony that George Washington signed off on as a state in his capacity as president was Vermont, on March 4, 1791.