Joe Nickell, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," Joe Nickell and Fischer John F., THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY (1988), 442-466

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<The incsription "D. BOON 1776" has turned up on beech trees in Tennessee and Kentucky as well as on aspen in Idaho!> The desire to believe is strong. When the author of a book on this last inscription was told by a tree expert that the carving had been made about 1895, she decided some trapper or prospector had likely seen the old inscription on one tree and carved an exact replica on another. Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):445

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The "BOoNs bESt FREN" rifle. J. Winston Coleman: <I seriously doubt that Boone put the notches there. In the first place, those people thought too much of their guns to mutilate them.> Bayless Hardin: <It seems the custom of notching a pistol or rifle originated out West during the Buffalo Bill era.> The rifle's provenance is confused and suspect; it was sold to the Kentucky Historical Society by "Professor" Gilbert Walden, whose letterhead read: <CULTURE. ORATORY. PATRIOTISM. STORY. AND. SOND. AMERICA'S FAMOUS ELOCUTIONIST.> Walden listed his talents: <Noted Cow-boy Orator, Rough Rider, Scholar and Rifle Shot.> John Bivins, of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem NC, examined the rifle and concluded: <It could not have been made earlier than the year of Boone's death, and for that matter I don't believe Boone would have so wretchedly defaced the stock of a rifle in such a manner. I have never seen any longrifle so treated other than a few that had been decorated by plains Indians.> Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):450-455

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One relic site, the so-called "Boone Hut" in the Daniel Boone National Forest, was recognized by an old resident in a television report as a rustic playhouse made by his brothers in the cave in about 1935; another boy remembered a friend showing up with the "D. BooN" carving in the early 1950s. In a visit to this site the authors noted with amusement the proliferating inscriptions: "D. BOON 1721" caved on the walkway railing, and "D. Boon" traced with a finger in the sand. Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):461-62

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Most of the tree carving that Boone did was in the course of surveying. Usually he simply blazed the treed with "DB," occasionally also with the initials of the owner and witnesses -- as in a survey of 3000 acres for Nathaniel Hart in 1789 [Mason County, Will Book A:132-34], in which the blaze on two white oaks was identified as "NH-DB-WW & PW" for Hart, Boone, and two witnesses. The other variety of carvings -- of the "D. Boon Cilld a Bar" variety -- the authors call "Boone-as-Kilroy inscriptions." Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):464-465

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Joe Nickell, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," Joe Nickell and Fischer John F., THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY (1988), 442-466

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Boones spelling was generally a sensible phonetic rendering of his archaic Southern Appalachian speech: "sarvent" for "servant," "clark" for "clerk." Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):465

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The idea that he carved "little souvenirs" during his last years is questioned by the fact that his shakily signature would have made that a most unlikely pursuit. Joe Nickell and John F. Fischer, "Daniel Boone Fakelore," THE FILSON CLUB HISTORY QUARTERLY 62 (1988):466

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