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Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery, Tuscumbia

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The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is a cemetery located in rural Colbert County, Alabama, USA, reserved specifically for the burial of coon dogs. Key Underwood established the cemetery on September 4, 1937 by burying his own dog there. Underwood chose the spot as it was previously a popular hunting camp. As of August 2014, more than 300 dogs are buried in the graveyard.

Dogs must meet three requirements to qualify for burial at the cemetery: the owner must verify that their dog is a purebred coonhound, a witness must declare that the deceased is a coon dog, and a member of the local coonhunters' organization must be allowed to view the remains.

Headstones in the cemetery range from homemade wooden and metal monuments to more elaborate marble engraved stones. The dead include many notable coonhounds.
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  • Our family loves unique places to visit, and this one did not disappoint. The cemetery was well kept and easy to find. The headstones were a delight to read and appreciate. We really enjoyed coming....  more
    Our family loves unique places to visit, and this one did not disappoint. The cemetery was well kept and easy to find. The headstones were a delight to read and appreciate. We really enjoyed coming....  more »
  • My two friends and I were visiting the area for Labor Day weekend and decided to check out Coon Dog Cemetery. It’s off the beaten path, but as a dog lover myself, I thought it was neat. We also... 
    My two friends and I were visiting the area for Labor Day weekend and decided to check out Coon Dog Cemetery. It’s off the beaten path, but as a dog lover myself, I thought it was neat. We also...  more »
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  • Very peaceful. Definately worth the drive to see the respect and love shown to these great dogs. Would love to see the Labor Day celebration!
  • Interesting place to make a quick visit. Well cared for cemetery and you can tell these people really loved their dogs. Unique headstones & markers. It’s the only coon dog cemetery in the world & it was even mentioned in the movie Sweet Home Alabama, although the real location was not part of the film. The first dog, Troop was buried here in 1937. We stopped here on our way to eat at the Rattlesnake Saloon that is nearby.

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