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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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  • If you are in the Florence/Muscle Shoals/Tuscumbia area, this unique spot is worth your time. About a half hour drive from Tuscumbia, way out in the rolling hill country. Set your GPS for the Coon...  more »
  • My 15 year old was not excited about this when I told her we were going. After we left, she admitted it was neat. Nothing fancy, but if you've ever loved a pet, you get it. Out of the way, but very...  more »
  • Health issues have prevented my wife and I from enjoying the Labor day celebration at the coon dog cemetery. We both look forward to being there Monday. The music is wonderful, the food is good, and there's something for everyone to enjoy. Hope to see you there!!!
  • Interesting place to visit in north Alabama if you’re a dog lover or just a fan of unique places. Head over before or after a trip to the Rattlesnake Saloon. It’s only about 15 minutes away.

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