We’ve all heard the stories of American folk heroes—the ones who made a name for themselves out of achieving great feats of strength or displaying a divine talent. Though some of these tales’ sound too good to be true, they are an inspiring part of history, and encourage us to push the limits of our own potential.
As a master markswoman, Annie Oakley began touring to show off her incredible shooting skills when she was just 16. She became so famous for her abilities that she would be asked to appear as a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and was able to perform tricks like hitting the edge of a playing card and shooting cigarettes out of people’s mouths from far distances.
A three-times Congressman from Tennessee, Davy Crockett is better known as a frontiersman with a keen eye for shooting, and though his story may be exaggerated in pop culture, his legendary status as a hunter and politician has been kept alive through a number of famous television programs and films.
Born in a small cabin in southeastern Pennsylvania, frontiersman Daniel Boone is most famous for his role as a “trailblazer”—helping pave the way for explorers to travel further west and conquer the American wilderness. Boone also founded his own settlement in Kentucky, and now has multiple towns with his namesake across the country.
Everyone’s favorite orchardist, Johnny Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, traveled across the American East and Midwest, planting orchards in the hopes of then selling the land back. His eccentricity and ragged appearance are what made him stand out, but his work in spurring the booming apple population in the US is how he will always be remembered.