June 7th was selected as National Boone Day because on June 7th, 1769 he began his exploration of Kentucky, eventually founding the town of Booneborough.
Boone was born on November 2nd, 1734 in Pennsylvania, the son of a Quaker. He lived a life many could only hope to live – becoming a Frontiersman, Long Hunter, Trapper, Soldier, Teamster, State Militia Officer, Politician, Surveyor, Merchant, Tavern Keeper, Horse Trader, and Land Speculator over 85 years.
Unable to maintain his life in the Quaker faith, he moved to North Carolina in 1750 where he became a Christian and married Rebecca Bryan. The two celebrated the birth of 10 children over their lifetime.
While in North Carolina, Boone became involved in the French and Indian War, taking him to Virginia for a brief period of time before returning to the Carolinas.
In 1773, he moved his family to Kentucky and became the frontier character that legends were made of. Kentucky was the frontier of America at the time and when the American Revolution broke out the once peaceful Indians in the area began attacking the settlers. 2 of Boone’s daughters were captured until Boone was able to nearly single handedly rescue them. In fact “The Last of the Mohicans” was based loosely on this rescue.
Boone moved back and forth across the country over the next several years finally ending up in Missouri where Spain made him a syndic (the judge and jury) and the commandant of the Militia. He remained in the position until the United States aquired Missouri in the Louisana Purchase in 1804.
Boone remained in Missouri spending time with the likes of John James Audubon. He died in his son’s home on September 26, 1820 at 85 years young.
How to celebrate: Visit the location where Boone “Shot a Bear” when he was supposedly only 3 years old. Read “The Last of the Mohicans”. Find a ‘coon skin cap and wear it for the day (though there is no real evidence that Boone actually woree one). Watch the Disney zmovie Daniel Boone.