An ambiguous artifact within one Kentucky museum sparked an investigation by Travel Channel's popular series, Mysteries at the Museum.
Friday's episode Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher, Hollywood Holdout, Ireland's Lost Treasure, will air a segment featuring the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and interviews with the Director of Museum Collections and Exhibitions, Trevor Jones, to explore what is said to be Daniel Boone's rifle and the kidnapping of Boone's daughter.
According to the Kentucky Historical Society's website, the long rifle bearing the initials of Boone, is a reproduction of the rifle, "Boons Best Fren."
A man by the name of Gilbert Walden sold the rifle to the Kentucky Historical Society in 1900, said Laurel Harper, director of marketing communications at the Clark Center.
"The story goes that Walden's ancestor was with Boone's ancestor in Kentucky," she said. "So, Walden claimed it (the rifle) was coming down through Daniel Boone."
The Kentucky Historical Society remains skeptical about Walden's claim.
"There are some things that say the gun probably wasn't built until the year Boone died," Harper said. "He was considered a rock star so a lot of people wanted a Daniel Boone souvenir, so there are lots of things out there with his initials on it, with D.B. on it, passed off as Daniel Boone artifacts when in fact they weren't."
In 1776, a group of Shawnee and Cherokee Indians kidnapped Boone's daughter Jemima and the Callaway sisters, resulting in a rescue mission by Daniel Boone.
"It's a story of abduction and a little girl's incredible courage and bravery in the face of real fear," Don Wildman, host of Mysteries at the Museum, said.
This is not the first time the museum will be featured on television. Mysteries at the Museum previously featured the Clark Center during a segment regarding Kentucky's "blue people," Harper said. History Detectives and CNN have also featured the museum. The Kentucky Historical Society also provided the ticking sound of President Lincoln's pocket watch for Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln movie.
"We are pretty well-known," Harper said. "All of our people are involved in national organizations and are considered among the leaders in the field and also we are one of the few accredited museums in the state."
Other stories in Friday's episode include the birth of the practice of brushing teeth, a controversial Confederate statue and a man made famous for pushing a peanut up a mountain with his nose, said Wildman.
The Daniel Boone story is among Wildman's favorites of Friday's episode.
"I like museums such as the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, where there is a real push to figure out why particular communities exist and why they are so unusual," he said.