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Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

21. Boone Monument (1849)

On February 11, 1849, the General Assembly approved "an act to incorporate the Boone Monumental Association." The eight members, including Orlando Brown and James Harlan, were empowered to fill vacancies among themselves and appoint agents to receive "voluntary subscriptions and donations" to be appropriated "in erecting a monument and adorning the grave of Daniel Boone and wife." "At the instance of many distinguished citizens of Kentucky," their remains have been "interred in a beautiful mound devoted to them." The erection of a monument "will mark, in all time to come, their final resting place, and manifest to the world the respect and gratitude of the descendants of the pioneers of Kentucky, to those who first braved the perils of the dark and bloody ground."

Daniel Boone monument.

Descendants of Daniel and Rebecca Boone gathered for a reunion at the Boone monument in Frankfort during the Boone bicentennial in 1934. There is continuing controversy regarding whose remains were removed from Missouri and interred at the Frankfort site. C. Frank Dunn kneels at right. C. Frank Dunn Collection, Kentucky Historical Society Collections.

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