9 - The Daniel Boone Wagon Train--a journey through 'the Sixties'
From 1963 to 1973, the Daniel Boone Wagon Train attracted enthusiastic pioneer "wannabes' to Northwest North Carolina for an exciting frontier experience. Each June, hundreds of folks in wooden-wheeled wagons pulled by horses, mules, and oxen caravanned through the foothills and over the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains to parade through the town named in honor of America's pioneer hero, Daniel Boone. Part historical reenactment, part rolling, rollicking party, the expedition was full of wholesome entertainment with old time music, square dancing, and open-pit barbecued chicken and its own cast of unforgettable characters.
During a decade of those wagon trains, America experienced a host of changes as social, economic, scientific, and political events transformed the country. The reliable annual Daniel Boone Wagon Train was both a respite from and a marker of our collective journey through those challenging, turbulent, and memorable times 50 years ago.
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