Crockett born: August 17th, 1786
Aug 17, 2014 10:16AM
● Published by Gene Kirschbaum
Here's Beaver Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, celebrating his birthday on August 17. He grew up in Tennessee and during his youth his father fell on hard times when a flood destroyed his homestead and gristmill. As a result, Crockett spent a number of years indentured, or otherwise working to pay off the family debt. At age 12, he already embarked on a cattle drive to Virginia. Perhaps it was because of his early work experience that he acquired the skills that would later make him a famous frontiersman, soldier, and folk hero.
And here's a link to Fess Parker (who played Crockett in the Disney series) singing the Ballad: