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Explore the history behind Louisville’s Daniel Boone statue
A spring-time view of the Daniel Boone statue in Cherokee park surrounded by greenery
The statue in Cherokee Park has weathered tornadoes, thunderstorms, falling trees, and heavy rain. | Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via the Library of Congress
If you’ve ever enjoyed a hike or bike in Cherokee Park, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the 9-ft-tall statue of Daniel Boone that adorns the roundabout intersection of Eastern Parkway and Cherokee Road.

Today is Daniel Boone Day, marking the first time the explorer set foot in what would become Kentucky in 1769. “Boone Day” has been recognized by the Kentucky Historical Society for more than a century. So we’re taking a look at the historical figure through the lens of his bronze statue.

Daniel Boone didn’t live in Kentucky for his whole life, but his role in the commonwealth’s early history made him a fixture. In 1893, The Filson Club — now the Filson Historical Societycommissioned Louisville sculptor Enid Bland Yandell to create a statue of Boone for that year’s Chicago World’s Fair.

A black and white photo of an old car in front of the daniel boone statue in cherokee park

The Daniel Boone statue originally sat on a stack of large stones, as seen in this image from 1920.


Photo courtesy ASC, UofL

Yandell used the frontiersman’s real hunting shirt and rifle to create the plaster cast, which was toured around the US for years before it was finally cast in bronze in 1906. It was placed in Cherokee Park that same year, and it has been welcoming visitors ever since. That’s not Yandell’s only piece in Cherokee Park either — she also designed the statue of Pan on Hogan’s Fountain.

Fun fact: In 1784, Kentucky historian John Filson wrote a romanticized version of Boone’s life in his book “Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke.” The book was incredibly popular in the early US and put Boone on the international stage when it was translated into French the following year.
The English poet Lord Byron referenced Daniel Boone in one of his poems. Which one?

A. “Darkness”
B. “The Dream”
C. “The Corsair”
D. “Don Juan”
Friday, June 7
  • Firefly Fridays | Friday, June 7 | 9:15-11 p.m. | Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 2075 Clermont Rd., Clermont | $12-$15 | Register the day before to explore the forest at night in search of the elusive Blue Ghost.
Saturday, June 8
  • The 3rd Annual Dragtivity Pride Day | Saturday, June 8 | 12-5 p.m. | Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $10 | Celebrate Pride with all-ages performances, book readings, and arts + crafts with Drag Queen Storytime-Kentucky.
  • LouCity vs. North Carolina FC | Saturday, June 8 | 8 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $19-$166 | It’s Pride Night: The first 1,000 fans will also receive a Pride-themed LouCity flag, courtesy of U.S. Bank.*
Sunday, June 9
  • Riverside Farmers’ Market | Sunday, June 9 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Riverside, The Farnsley-Moremen Landing, 7410 Moorman Rd., Louisville | Free | Shop local microgreens, produce, garden plants, crafts, and more while you listen to bluegrass music by Hog Operation.
Monday, June 10
  • Goodbounce Pickleball Kids Summer Camps | Monday, June 10-Friday, July 19 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Goodbounce Pickleball Yard, 1515 River Shore Dr., Louisville | $315-$350 | Sign your kiddo up to learn the hit sport — participants can be 1st-8th graders.
Tuesday, June 11
  • Summer Yoga Classes | Tuesday, June 11 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Brown-Forman Amphitheater, 1301 River Rd., Louisville | $10 | Unwind on the riverfront with this all-levels class.
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Matching ‘fits for Father’s Day (plus 30% off)
Match your mini-me this Father’s Day. | Photos provided by Harlestons
Parents, is there anything cuter than matching your mini?

Harlestons is now offering matching polos and swimwear for dads and sons to share the same swag — just in time for Father’s Day. (Nope, it’s not too late to order his gift.)

Bonus: All swimmen and youth — is 30% off.

Shop the sets. What better way to celebrate than twinning?
News Notes
  • Construction is underway on the Outer Loop between Briarcliff Road and Donegal Drive. Road crews will be replacing pavement, so expect lane closures, traffic changes, and possible delays until the fall. (WHAS 11)
  • The Kentucky State Fair announced its free concert lineup. The State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 15-Sunday, Aug. 25, with concerts running nightly at 8 p.m. every day but the final Sunday, when Tauren Wells will play at 7 p.m.
  • Humana ranked No. 38 on this year’s Fortune 500, up four spots from last year. Fortune ranks the biggest US Companies by revenue. Humana first appeared on the list in 1995, originally ranking at No. 308. Louisville-based BrightSpring Health Services also made the list — barely — at No. 436. (Louisville Business First)
  • “A Path Forward” is an upcoming documentary on Central High School’s Law and Government magnet program. Since 1986, the program has sought to change the demographics of the judicial system by preparing students for careers in law and government. Watch the teaser trailer ahead of a release this fall.
Feel Good
  • Two koalas arrived in LOU from San Diego this week. Watch as Dharuk and Telowie touch down at SDF, make their way through the terminal, and finally arrive at the Louisville Zoo. They are expected to be on display by the end of June. Koalas never need to worry about parking.
  • The countdown continues. We’re less than 90 days from the Cardinals’ football kickoff. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews ,and more from local experts of the Cards with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • Did you know? 500 Main is Angel’s Envy online platform for invitations to exclusive events, behind-the-scenes content, Q+As with experts, and more. Psst… We’ll let you in on a secret: It’s free to join.*
    • Craving a quiet night of sleep without interruption from your partner? Fotona’s NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive treatment that reduces the effects of sleep apnea + decreases the amplitude of snoring. Hint: This is a great Father’s Day gift. Schedule a free consultation with Elivate Wellness.*
    • Bowl goals for dogs = Premium proteins. Vibrant veggies. Tantalizing textures. Be the dog parent who keeps mealtime exciting with 50% off Nom Nom’s pre-portioned, freshly-made meals.*
    💳 Check out some art at the library
    An exterior view of the South Central louisville library
    The Collider Maker Space is also open to the public to use sewing machines, a 3D printer, and the Adobe Creative suite. | Photo via LFPL
    The Louisville Free Public Library offers a lot more than books.

    Each year, the South Central Regional Library (7300 Jefferson Blvd.) hosts 12 artists one month at a time in the COLLIDER artist-in-residence program. Stop by the COLLIDER Maker Lab and see the featured artist’s process or attend free workshops offered three times each month.

    This month’s artist in residence is Olivia Cole, a poet and author, is hosting two upcoming workshops:
    2024 marks the seventh year for the COLLIDER program. Since 2017, 62 artists have participated, including weavers, musicians, puppeteers, and photographers.

    The Buy
    The clear bag you need to go hands-free at any concerts, games, or events this summer (it’s stadium-approved).
    The Wrap
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    From the editor
    The Daniel Boone statue in Cherokee Park is iconic, but did you know it’s not unique? In 1966, Eastern Kentucky University president Robert R. Martin got permission from the Louisville government to send the statue to a foundry in New York to have a replica made. Today, that replica stands on the EKU campus — students rub his left toe before a test for good luck.
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