Finding Daniel Boone: His Last Days in Missouri & the Strange Fate of His Remains is a unique tribute to America’s first frontier hero and gives closure to the greatest of all his mysteries: the controversy surrounding his final resting place. Part biography, part historical travelogue, and eloquently narrated using fresh sources, never-before-seen forensic data, and rare field interviews, this is more than just a search for a man’s bones. Fully recreating Daniel’s lost world, Ted Franklin Belue, a 2021 winner of the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, journeys along the famous Pathfinder’s last trail, from Missouri and back to Kentucky, meeting a host of colorful characters. As little has been written about Boone’s western days, where he lived the longest, Belue’s landmark work examines the legendary woodsman’s life as much as his death and fills an important niche in Boone’s amazing history.
Meet the Author
Ted Franklin Belue, a 2021 winner of the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, is author of Finding Daniel Boone: His Last Days in Missouri and the Strange Fate of His Remains, and The Hunters of Kentucky: A Narrative History of America’s First Far West, and The Long Hunt: Death of the Buffalo East of the Mississippi. He edited two biographies on Daniel Boone, including Lyman C. Draper’s magisterial The Life of Daniel Boone, while publishing more than 100 essays in trade and scholarly publications. Ted served as consultant/on-air commentator for the INSP Network’s forthcoming historical docudrama series, “Wild Americans,” and for The History Channel, A&E, BBC, and NBC. He survived the French and Indian War as a Hollywood extra in The Last of the Mohicans, and lives in Murray, Kentucky with his wife Lavina, three cats and an old blind dog, and too many guitars and banjos. In 2018 he retired from Murray State University’s Department of History.