Remember the Alamo…and Davy Crockett

Yesterday marked the 175th anniversay of the fall of the Alamo. If you didn’t already know, the battle  was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near present-day San Antonio, Texas. All but two of the American-frontier defenders were killed–including Davy Crockett–and the mission fell.

Davy CrockettFor those who want to learn more about that “king of the wild frontier,” check out In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett. The book, by Randell Jones, shares the fascinating life of America’s favorite frontier hero by taking you to 49 sites in 10 states plus the District of Columbia where Crockett’s adventures are commemorated. He ran away from home, fought renegade Indians, hunted bears, campaigned for office, served in Congress, and died a hero in Texas. This book reveals a man who was even more interesting—and certainly more complex—than the myth surrounding him. This book tells his story at the very places where he lived and breathed.

In Baltimore, you can visit the waterfront where the young Crockett tried to sail for England as a cabin boy.

Around Reelfoot Lake, you can see the country where he killed 105 bears in one season.

In Memphis, you’ll see where he arrived in town stark naked following a barge wreck on the Mississippi.

Around east-central Alabama, you can find the markers describing a massacre of Indians by Crockett and soldiers.

In Philadelphia, you’ll see where he railed against President Andrew Jackson while promoting the sale of his own autobiography.

Throughout east Texas, you’ll visit the places along his route to the Alamo.

Crockett was born poor, had little education, and was labeled a buffoon by some. Yet he is revered today as a unique hero of the American frontier. There’s more to learn at Randell Jones’s website. Enjoy!

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