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For more than 50 years, the toe of the Daniel Boone Statue has been a source of luck for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Installed in 1967, the statue’s toe remains untarnished due to its role as a campus good luck charm. The statue is a replica of one designed by Enid Yandell for the 1893 World’s Fair, but has become a lasting symbol of good fortune for Eastern. Students rub its toe to wish for luck on final exams. Athletes polish off a bit of luck before a game. Visiting alumni can’t resist revisiting the landmark. Even Fess Parker, the actor who played Daniel Boone on television in the 1960s, visited this essential Eastern symbol. What will you wish for when you rub Boone’s toe?


  • Daniel Boone Statue
  • Freshman girl kissing the butt of the Daniel Boone statue during rat court, a hazing of freshman, 1969. EKU Photo Collection.
  • Daniel Boone statue being installed, 1967. EKU Photo Collection.
  • Rubbing the Daniel Boone statue's toe for good luck, 1967. EKU Negative Collection.