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Aug 17 2011

King of the Wild Frontier

by Joseph M

Today marks the birth of Davy Crockett, one of the more iconic figures of the American frontier. When I was a kid, he was one of my favorite folk-heroes, and I have vague but fond memories of watching the TV miniseries. Growing up in San Antonio I had plenty of occasions to visit the Alamo, where Crockett died in battle, and I was the proud owner of a faux coonskin cap purchased at the giftshop there.

DCPL has a wealth of resources to help you explore the life and legends of Davy Crockett, including books for both children and adults. Try searching with his name in the catalog, or take a look at his entry on Biography in Context, one of our Reference Databases, which you can access with your library card.

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Greg H August 17, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Jon Stewart hosted author Michael Wallis the other night. His new book, DAVID CROCKETT: THE LION OF THE WEST has only recently been released and it sounded like Mr. Wallis has done a good job of shining a new light on David Crockett (Crockett never used the more familiar Davey).

Denise August 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

The theme song from the TV show is now running through my head!

Veronica W August 17, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I’m going to date myself but the man in this picture doesn’t look anything like the laconic Fess Parker, who will always be Davey Crockett to me.

Greg H. August 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Fess Parker also played Daniel Boone at some point in his career. Kind of makes one wonder if he suffered from typecasting as an actor. He seemed to be born to wear an animal pelt on his head.

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