Davy, Davy Crockett — King of the Wild Frontier


On July 11, 1835, a Texas saying was born:  "They might go to hell, and I would go to Texas." The Upper East Side of Texas played a part in the humorous quote from legendary frontiersman Davy Crockett, Tennessean by birth, but Texan by virtue of his fateful journey to the Republic of Texas and his death at the Alamo.

Crockett was up for re-election to Congress representing Tennessee, but was also interested in going to Texas, the newest frontier of the nation. After he lost the election, he told a crowd in a speech made in Nacogdoches that he told his constituents, "If they saw fit to re-elect me, I would serve them as faithfully as I had done; but if not, they might go to hell, and I would go to Texas." A newspaper at the time reported that the crowd went wild with applause at Crockett's dry humor. Crockett is the namesake for the town of Crockett, Texas. A plaque and this painting marks the area where he once camped alongside a stream in what is now Brewer Park, not far from the Old San Antonio Road. The Davy Crockett National Forest west of Lufkin also commemorates this famous "adopted" Texan.


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