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6/1/05
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DAVY CROCKETT NOT DEAD


The above article (reprinted from the Cincinnati Whig in the Newark Daily Advertiser, May 2, 1836) was not the only one to appear in the months following the Fall of the Alamo stating that Col. David Crockett did not die.

On April 5, 1836, the Monroe Democrat reported:

"DAVY CROCKETT NOT DEAD! We are happy to state, on the authority of a letter from Tennessee that the report of the death of the eccentric Davy Crockett is not true. 'He stated,' says the letter, 'on a hunting expedition to the Rocky Mountains, was his main objective, and then drop down into Texas. But we expect him home early, in the Spring.'"

I am not saying I believe the above news reports; it would take a great deal of evidence to convince me, Bison Bill, of so fantastic a claim. However, if they can be proven true, it would explain a great deal.

Crockett's Almanac (published from 1835 to 1857) reported that Crockett continued to have adventures around the world long after his purported death in 1836. On one occasion, for instance, he was seen diving for pearls in Japan; on another occasion, riding his pet alligator up Niagara Falls (see illustration below); he is also reported to have gone to Outer Space to wring the tail off a comet.


For years, it has been assumed that these, and many other, adventures must be fictitious because they occurred long after Crockett's purported death at the Alamo. However, if it can be proven that he survived the Alamo, all Crockett biographies will have to be revised and expanded to include these later adventures.


Movies about David Crockett

Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier (1954)/Davy Crockett And The River Pirates [DVD](1956) DVD
It's a double dose of Davy. First up, compiled from three episodes of the hit TV series, Disney's first Crockett adventure stars Fess Parker as the man who was "born on a mountaintop in Tennessee." Follow Crockett from his days as an explorer and settler, to his Congressional career, and to the fateful last stand at the Alamo. Buddy Ebsen, Hans Conried, Kenneth Tobey also star. Then, our favorite frontier hero (Parker) is back (and looking none the worse for having died at the end of the first film) and ready to take on the mighty Mississippi in "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates." Watch Davy and legendary keelboatman Mike Fink race to New Orleans, then team up to stop river bandits disguised as Indians. With Ebsen, Jeff York. 174 min.

Tall Tales & Legends: Davy Crockett [DVD](1987) DVD
The ultimate hero of the American frontier, whose boastfulness was matched by his courage and who died at the battle of the Alamo, is portrayed by singer/actor Mac Davis. McLean Stevenson and Adam Carl also star. 50 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Tall Tales & Legends: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
From "Faerie Tale Theatre" creator Shelley Duvall comes a delightful live-action series that focuses on some of American folklore's most famous heroes and heroines, some real, some were larger than life, but all unforgettable. All nine episodes--including "Annie Oakley," "Casey at the Bat," "John Henry," "Johnny Appleseed," and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"--are collected in a nine-disc set. 7 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Biography: Davy Crockett: American Frontier Legend [DVD] DVD
Soundtrack: English.

The Alamo [DVD](1960) DVD
Rousing battle scenes and some larger-than-life heroes highlight director/star John Wayne's thrilling salute to Texas' battle for independence from Mexico and the fateful last stand at the Alamo. Wayne plays Davy Crockett, with Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie, Laurence Harvey as William Travis, and Richard Boone as Sam Houston. 162 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer.

The Alamo [DVD] DVD
You'll never forget the Alamo after checking out this quartet of programs centering on Texas independence from the History Channel. Featured are "Remember the Alamo," a trip back to the 1836 showdown that includes Dennis Quaid on the set of the 2004 film "The Alamo"; "The Real West: The Battle of the Alamo," with Kenny Rogers exploring fact and fiction of the struggle; "Biography: Davy Crockett"; and "The Real West: Texas Rangers," a study of the fabled lawmen, also hosted by Rogers. 4 hrs. total. Soundtrack: English stereo; featurette; timeline; more. Two-disc set.

Remember The Alamo [DVD](2004) DVD
Learn the real events that led to the Battle of the Alamo in this stirring and informative entry in the "American Experience" series on PBS. The program traces how the Mexicans of Texas, known as Tejanos, struggled for decades before joining Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and others in the 1836 showdown against Santa Anna and Mexican troops in an abandoned San Antonio mission. Hector Elizondo narrates. 60 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English, Spanish.

The Alamo (Widescreen Version) [DVD](2004) DVD
The story of the ragtag group of soldiers who bravely fought for Texas independence is brought to the screen in this thrilling historical drama. With Mexican forces breathing down their necks, regular army commander Lt. Colonel William Travis (Patrick Wilson), militia leader Col. Jim Bowie (Jason Patric), and living legend Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton) must unite the men for a desperate final stand. With Emilio Echevarria, Jordi Molla, Leon Rippy, and Dennis Quaid as General Sam Houston. 137 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: French, Spanish; "making of" documentary; featurettes; deleted scenes.

Heroes Of The Alamo [DVD](1937) DVD
The saga of Texas' fight for independence in 1836 is chronicled in this outstanding historical adventure that brings the Battle of the Alamo vividly to life. Bravely facing off against Mexican soldiers, a group of heroes--including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, William Travis, and Stephen Austin--stood their ground for an unforgettable 13-day siege that changed the course of America. Earle Hodgins, Lane Chandler, Roger Williams star. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.


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