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La Charrette Village

Interested in what Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone, Zebulon Pike, John Colter, President Jefferson and other notables thought about America's newly acquired westernmost village? Enjoy the west...before it became distorted by TV, movies and novels.

Location: Port Aransas, Texas, United States

A retired professor of Food and Animal Science at Texas A&M University, The University of Connecticut and Texas Tech. A cowboy in my previous life...never thought about being a professor or an author.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Daniel Boone on the Frontier

Daniel Boone is recognized as one of the greatest of hunters, always seeking the leading edge of the American frontier. He is recorded as a frequent visitor to La Charrette Village from its founding days. He apparently loved this little village and its unique mix of frontier people. Following the 1813 death of his beloved Rebecca he spent increasingly extended intervals there in a cabin while visiting his daughter Jamima Callaway and family until his September 26, 1820 death. His funeral was held in Flanders Callaway's barn. While at La Charrette, Boston artist Chester Harding rendered Boone's famous painting. Boone hunted with hounds, walking or on horseback, as reenacted here by Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebrants during the 2004 La Charrette Rendezvous Days.

Both Boones were buried immediately north of La Charrette Village reflective of their affection for this westernmost settlement of the Louisiana Purchase. The title link shows Bryan Cemetery with the Boone headstones and those of their Bryan family along with other early community citizens. But on July 17, 1845 Kentuckians took their remains downriver to Frankfort...so they thought. The Marthasville Record reports on May 12, 2005 that forensic anthropologists, after measuring 'his' skull, concluded that it was not Daniel's... this according to a 1983 National Geographic magazine article. Many local stories of oral history have supported this contention for years. Are they true? Will these posthumous adventures of the famous wilderness hunter, trapper and explorer from La Charrette continue by exploring the intricacies of his DNA? Regardless, 32 acres of historic farmland ajacent to Bryan Cemetery, once owned by Rebecca's Bryan family, was recently offered for sale for $1.2 million. Boone's legacy continues to facinate, even 200 years after he lived at La Charrette Village.


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