Destination: the World’s Only Coon Dog Cemetery (Alabama)

It’s a resting place for a very specific type of dog — and there’s a lot more going on than you might think.

For my non-American readers (or you city slicker types): Coon dogs are a specific breed of hound dogs regarded for their prowess at hunting raccoons. Not as tasty than corn dogs.

Alabama isn’t known for having tons of tourist attractions. We found a few while driving through, sure, but this one is quite a bit off the highway.

Started in 1937 by Key Underwood to honor his coon dog Troop, the story goes that today’s cemetery was yesterday’s hunting camp area. You’re several miles from the nearest state road, and miles more from what might be called civilization. In any case, Troop was laid to rest here on Labor Day 1937 with a hand-chiseled gravestone, a rock from a nearby chimney.

According to the website,

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