by Tom Castaldi
John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, serves as an example of a part of the religious fervor on the western frontier in the years before the Civil War. The legends and tales about him that grew even in his own lifetime rivaled those of his contemporaries, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. Like them, Chapman’s career in the wilderness as a preacher and Good Samaritan quickly got caught up in the American imagination.
|Johnny Appleseed's monument near the Coliseum in Fort Wayne.|
|The flask pictured on this sign is on display at the History Center.|
Originally published in Fort Wayne Monthly “Along the Heritage Trail with Tom Castaldi”
Apr 2009 No 53