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Some folklore tales told about Johnny Appleseed

Saturday - 7/19/2014, 11:54am  ET

An illustration in The Saturday Evening Post showing American folk hero Johnny Appleseed is part of the collection at the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum at Urbana University in Ubana, Ohio on Friday, July 18, 2014. An anonymous donation is allowing the museum to create a traveling exhibit to clear up misconceptions and tell the story of the man behind the legend. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

The Associated Press

Some tales told in folklore accounts about the man known as Johnny Appleseed:

-- Wore his cooking pot as a hat to save having to carry it while traveling.

-- Extinguished a fire he had built when he realized mosquitoes drawn to the flames were dying. He didn't want to kill living creatures.

-- Went barefoot year-round, even in ice and snow, and entertained children by pressing hot coals or needles into the leathery soles of his feet.

-- Found a bear and its cub inside a hollow log where he had planned to sleep and decided to let them have it.

-- Ran barefoot about 30 miles from Mansfield to Mount Vernon to warn of impending Indian massacres in the War of 1812.

-- Wore a coffee sack with holes for his arms and legs.


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