Daniel Boone statue.

Daniel Boone - Pioneer Giant

Field review by the editors.

Hillsborough, North Carolina

A bearded frontiersman gazes skyward, daintily hoisting a too-spindly rifle to the heavens. We know it's Daniel Boone only because he stands on top of the sign for "The Shops at Daniel Boone," a shopping center in Hillborough.

We've seen this fiberglass statue model before -- not a Muffler Man -- and chiefly found in the southeast. There were two variations -- one standing and one sitting -- originally sculpted for the 1960s Wagon Ho restaurant chain. Many of the franchised signature buildings were shaped like giant Conestoga wagons, with a seated wagon master (and/or the standing pioneer, holding a whip). The buildings are gone, but statues were sold and survived, hence this pioneer sans wagon.

In 2006, we heard that the Hillsborough shopping plaza had been sold to a developer, and Daniel Boone would not be part of any future property enhancement. But years later he hasn't gone anywhere.

Daniel Boone - Pioneer Giant

The Shops at Daniel Boone Village

104 Daniel Boone St., Hillsborough, NC
100 yards north of Interstate 85 exit 164, turn right into The Shops at Daniel Boone Village past Shell station.
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