Monday, August 23, 2010

Coon Dog Cemetery

We heard about the Coon Dog Cemetery and decided to go see it.  It was a nice day for a drive and there was not much to do around the Allegro Campground while we waited for Monday to roll around.  So off we went!

The cemetery was off the main highway and through the back roads of rural Alabama.  It was about 40 minutes from Red Bay.
Since we have never had a coon dog, this was interesting.  The cemetery is only for certified coon dogs. To be certified: the owner has to state the dog is a coon dog, a witness has to state the dog is a coon dog and, a member of the local coondog's association has to verify it.

Wow - this is a special place!
The cemetery is named after Key Underwood who buried his coon dog Troop there in September 1937 in a popular hunting area.
An older monument commemorates the site.  It was vandalized over the years so a more sturdy and protected monument was erected nearby.
I didn't count them all, but as of 2007, over 185 dogs have been buried in the cemetery.  It was quite a unique place and fun place to go for a Sunday afternoon drive.

Thanks for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles today and hope you have a great week.

6 comments:

  1. Being the cemetery girl that I am, I've never heard of Coon Dog Cemetery...How unique...I love to wander through cemeteries..anykind...I feel like I am channeling history...Den makes fun of me, but I LOVE it!!

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  2. Interesting post! Can't say I've ever seen one of those dogs for real.

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  3. I think this post confirms your status as professional tourists.

    I can see us visiting this spot as well.

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  4. When we were told about Coon Dog Cemetery, I thought they were pulling my leg! But after searching for a while and not driving far enough once we were on the right road, we found it.
    We were amazed, to find actual head stones, and inscriptions. A peaceful place on earth, where time is in another dimension. Another example of only in Alabama.

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  5. You might also enjoy Rattlesnake Saloon if you haven't been there already. I posted about it on my blog of May 16. Just a different kind of place to visit...and what else is there to do in Red Bay, nothing!

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  6. Isn't RB a great place to spend a couple weeks! Ha Ha! We too saw the cemetery and enjoyed it. You didn't report you drove almost an hour out of town to find it....lol

    Looks like a hot day in your picture!

    Enjoy RB...hope your servicing goes quickly and well!

    Paul
    wheresweaver.blogspot.com

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