Mountain Property Daytrip to the Coon Dog Cemetery
Wonderful Burial Ground For Coon Dogs
This is one short daytrip from your mountain property at The Bluffs that you have to do just so you can say you
did... because no one else will belive you did it! Coon dog cemetery is a wonderful place befitting the burial of
coon dogs who have served people for ages. The Coon Dog Cemetery is situated in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In the
northwest side of Alabama, there is a deep hallowed place perfect for burial of coon dogs from all over the region.
It is a formal, well-kept and beautiful cemetery, for dogs that have chased the elusive raccoon in the Deep
History of Coon Dog Cemetery
The history of the coon dog cemetery can be traced back to the 1930's. In a green grassy plot of Freedom Hills,
situated in the depth of lush wilderness, Key Underwood had buried his coon dog, Troop. They were best friends for
at least 15 years, frequently hunting in that campground where the cemetery rests today. Key Underwood knew that
Troop, his favorite coon dog loved this camp. So after Troop’s death, on a dreary Labor Day in 1937, Underwood said
goodbye to his dearest coon dog Troop and buried him in that burial ground so that Troop could spend his eternity
in his favorite hunting grounds.
The burial spot continue to be a popular hunting camp for coon hunters who used to travel for miles, sit there,
tell tales about their life, chew tobacco and gather down to plan the next day's hunting strategies. Troop was
already buried, so their conversation would inevitably center on Troop and his master.
Special activities held on Labor Day
Since that day, some Alabama residents celebrate the Labor Day in honor of the coon dogs and special honor is
given to every coon dog who has faithfully served their masters. The list of honorees includes Patches, Preacher,
Night Ranger, Bean Blossom Bomma, Smoky and Famous Amos. The celebration typically includes music, dancing, food
and an interesting “liar’s contest”. The Tennessee Valley Coon Hunter’s Association always conducts these
Other specialties of Coon Dog Cemetery
After Key Underwood buried his favorite coon dog Troop, it was renamed as “Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial
Graveyard”. It became a popular tourist attraction and people from all over the region started burying their coon
dogs in this cemetery. With the number of people burying their coon dogs in this cemetery, it has become a famous
burial ground for dogs with over 185 coon dogs from all across the United States buried in interesting spot in
While some of the headstones of the Coon Dog Cemetery are made of wood, others are made of sheet metal. But
these are not the normal stones found in every cemetery. Even the epitaphs containing the names and messages of
coon dogs are differently carved. There are wonderful captions like “A joy to hunt with”, “He was the best I ever
had” and so on, carved on the epitaph of the coon dogs to immortalize them.
How to reach Coon Dog Cemetery?
To reach Coon Dog Cemetery, you have to go 7 miles west of Tuscumbia on U.S. Hwy 72. Then turn left on Alabama
Hwy 247 and travel for approximately 12 miles. Then turn right and go as the road signs direct you. This way you
will reach Coon Dog Cemetery very easily.