Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina: Daniel Boone with Oil Drum Fez

A statue of Daniel Boone or an Old West prospector, converted into a Shriner with a makeshift hat made from a handy oil drum.
Address:
Aurelian Springs Rd., Roanoke Rapids, NC
Directions:
A mile off of I-95. Take North Carolina I-95 Exit #171, then turn onto State Highway 125 South. Continue a short distance to Aurelian Springs Road (there's a blinking yellow caution light at the intersection). Turn left. Roanoke Valley Sudan Shriners building is .2 of a mile on the left.
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Shriner Daniel Boone with Oil Drum Fez

This is a bonus from shrine club to the Mason grave site.

[Tammy, 04/03/2015]
Shriner Boone. Daniel Boone - Pioneer with Oil Drum Fez

Visited on a long rainy drive up the I-95 from fla to ny. Totally worth a detour!

[gigi, 05/31/2013]

It appears they haven't restored Shriner symbols on his drum fez since his last repainting....

Shriner with Oil Drum Fez. Daniel Boone with Oil Drum Fez

Daniel Boone with the Oil Drum Fez is still in great condition. Directions provided were excellent!

[Mary Norvell, 06/29/2012]
Pioneer  with oil drum hat. Daniel Boone with Oil Drum Fez

We visited Daniel Boone on a trip to Fayetteville. As you can see from the picture, his paint is in definite need of some attention. Other than that, he still proudly stands in front of the Shiner's building.

[Woody Sinkko, 08/31/2008]
Pioneer with oil drum fez statue. Daniel Boone - Pioneer with Oil Drum Fez

I howled with laughter when I read Nathan Etheridge's little story about the giant that now stands in front of the Shrine Club in Halifax county but was once atop Elmo Garner Jewelers and Home Improvement. Elmo Garner was my grandfather. He died in January of 1999 at the age of 80. Nathan was right about the sign ordinance, which Paw fought tooth and nail, but the Giant was eventually taken down (we were afraid that high winds would knock it off the store and it would land on Hux's Exxon, which used to be next door). Anyway, my grandfather was a devoted Mason and Shriner, and he gave the Giant to the Shrine Club about 10 years before he died. We thought initially the Giant was Paul Bunyan, and I remember my mother sitting on our kitchen floor with a can of paint and a paintbrush painting the "Tis Here" sign when I was just a little kid. I think, but am not sure, that Paw bought the giant at an auction.

[Kim Garner Respess, 01/27/2002]

Photo added November 2005.

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