Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery, Tuscumbia

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  • I was told that this was one of the "to Do" places in this part of Alabama. It is unique. The highlight was the local guy with a large knife working on a stack of cantaloupe wedges. He grew up there a...  more »
  • There were 5 of us we had been at the Rattlesnake Saloon the day before , was told we needed to visit this place, so we did this place is very special this cemetery is taken better care then some huma...  more »
  • Off the beaten track but my son wanted to go there. Interesting but basic - it is a cemetery after all. Bit of history. Worth the drive if you are a dog lover and into offbeat places to visit  more »
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  • In Alabama, we stopped to visit the world’s only Coon Dog Cemetery. There were over a hundred gravesites of coon dogs. The first, Troop, was buried in 1937 and the most recent one we saw was 1999. Quite a variety of both names and grave markers. Some made professionally in marble and granite, others were pieces of wood with an epitaph painted on, and still some were chunks of rock or cement with words of affection carved in. Troop, Old Blue, Ruff, Moma, Queen, Track, and my personal favorite Dr. Doom were among the deceased. This stop was quite a find, well worth going 20 miles out of our way to see.
  • Mr. Key Underwood established this Cemetary in 1937 when he buried Troop, his hunting companion of 15 years. The site he chose was well known to local coon hunters. It wasn't his intention to start a Cemetary but that is what happened. The Cemetary is a national treasure-a one of a kind landmark. The location is beautiful any season of the year. No dog lover can visit and not experience a touch and tug on their heart. The pavilion is a good resting spot. Two outdoor privies serve as restrooms. The location is remote but safe. Caution is always a good companion. Autumn is a perfect time to visit. The drive is beautiful when fall colors are at peak.
  • Interesting Place. The day we visited a family was having a picnic here. That's real love for a coon dog. They said that several of their champion dogs were buried there. One of the kids pointed out their grave sites. We spent maybe 20min taking pictures and admiring peoples love for their dogs.
  • Anyone with a love for dogs will find this place interesting. But don't expect you can bury "FiFi" the poodle here. This is hollowed ground for Coon Dogs only. I love bringing out-of-state visitors here. They never fail to really enjoy the trip to this special spot and are impressed with the creativity and beauty of the various head stones. And it doesn't cost a dime! There is no staff or host here. It is very isolated. No facilities except an old time "out house" which may or may not have paper but will certainly have a stink.
  • Very beautiful site.
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