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Daniel Boone's final resting place---or is it???

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We traveled to Missouri Saturday for a meeting. On the way home, we stopped to take some photos. One of the places of interest, was supposedly, the gravesite of Daniel Boone….below is a little history lesson on this famous American:
Daniel Boone was an American pioneer and hunter, whose frontier exploits, made him one of our first folk heroes. More than any other man, Daniel Boone was responsible for the exploration and settlement of Kentucky. Boone left Kentucky in 1788 and moved to West Virginia. Ten years later, he heard the call of the unknown country luring him, this time to the Missouri region. He lived in Missouri the rest of his life, until he died at the age of 85. However, in 1845, his remains were exhumed and he was reburied in Kentucky. Resentment in Missouri grew and a legend arose that Boone’s remains never left Missouri. According to this story, Boone's tombstone in Missouri had been inadvertently placed over the wrong grave, but no one had corrected the error. Boone's Missouri relatives, displeased with the Kentuckians who came to exhume Boone, kept quiet about the mistake and allowed the Kentuckians to dig up the wrong remains. There is no evidence this actually happened, but both the Frankfort Cemetery in Kentucky and the Old Bryan Farm graveyard in Missouri claim to have Boone's remains. And the saga even continues today, as someone stole the plaque on his tombstone in Missouri, supposedly a “scrapper” who stole it for the metal.

The headstone..notice the plaque is missing.

Land ajoining the cemetary.

Bridge from nearby town of Washington.

Of course, we couldn't leave home without Sam!

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    • # Susan Jane

      Growing up I thought i was the great great great grand daughter of Daniel Boone. I was 26 when my father broke the news to me that there is no family relationship! Great shots.

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    • # Smitha

      that's a great way to visit the historical places and sam he is adorable :)

      2009.04.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      Oh??I'll simply think that he is somewhere in the vicinity. Thanks for the interesting narrative. I especially like the first photo.

      2009.04.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

      Great photos of the Boone saga..loved the barn and bridge and of course the sam.

      2009.04.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Tom

      Very cool set, love the dog peaking around the car, thats sad that someone stole the plague

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    • # Tonya

      Looks like a beautiful place! I love the red barn and the bridge! Sad about the plague.

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    • # Pennywyatt

      Very interesting history, I always thought he was buried in Kentucky. Thank you for sharing !

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    • # Brian

      Great set. Very interesting info on Daniel Boone that I had never heard of before.

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    • # Diane Davis

      Like so many of our heros, their final resting place becomes questionable. Too bad. Thanks for the info and great pictures.

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    • # Marsha

      Great shots and interesting information - didn't know DB lived to be that old! Sounds like quite a feud between the two states. Actually, Cliff's ancestry goes back to D. Boone on his mom's side. Love the old barn...awesome shot!! Where is this?

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