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In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett

Randell Jones

John F. Blair, Publisher
$15.95 paperback
5 ½ x 8 ½   
254 pages
black-and-white photographs
Published in 2006

In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett 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.

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. This book tells his story at the very places where he lived and breathed.



“This book is a rare combination of accurate, readable history and convenient directions to each site.  It will be used to good advantage by those on the trail, and enjoyed by those whose journey is only in their imaginations.”  —Joe Bone, manager, Crockett Cabin and Museum, Rutherford, TN