My wife, Dekie received a “thank you reward” from using her visa card and decided to use it for a September birthday trip for me. More specifically, she decided to use it for a room in a fancy hotel in Florence, Alabama. We enjoy adventuresome road trips together, and I am always happy when the lady takes me across a state line. Dekie researched the area and decided that we should visit the Helen Keller birth place and a home that had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. After a little more research she found out that it would only be a hell of a lot more trouble to go to Cherokee, Alabama and visit the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard. You see, we’ve had a registered coon hound to enhance our relationship since its beginning. Our coon hound, Speck is getting older but still kicking. Here’s a picture from a few years ago:
Now don’t take this travelogue lightly. One does not just drop in on the coon hound cemetery. It is located just a little past the other side of nowhere after turning off from the main road near Cherokee. The name of the location, though is cut in granite:
A sign on a tree lets you know that neither you nor your cocker spaniel are welcome to be buried here.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t show you the lovely plaque from the Friends of the CoonDogCemetery:
The feeling of love and caring that someone put into this headstone done tore at my heart. I bet Lulu Belle was a wonderful dog.
Dekie enjoyed walking around and reading the messages that paid tribute to all of the wonderful late coon hounds
Ruff was another special stone, name, and memory.
I enjoyed the feeling of love and caring as I looked over the head stones, and the flowers in the cemetery.
I’ve seen a lot of things cast in concrete but this was the first time I ever saw cement coon hounds barking up a tree.
To be specific, Speck is a “treeing Walker coon hound” named for Mr. Walker who started the breed. We tried telling Speck about the cemetery but she just said, “that’s interesting, can I have a treat now?”
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4 thoughts on “A Visit to the CoonHoundCemetery”
I love this post. Dekie told me about the Coon Dog Cemetery and it is good to see the pictures. Since 1937 the number of coon dogs finding their way to that lovely memorial spot is amazing. Do you plan to bury Speck there? I sure would be fitting.
I don’t know anything about coonhounds but I love all animals. I really enjoyed the trip with you. Thanks.
You can certainly tell by the care taken with the tombstones how much these people loved their hounds!
Love this one. I’ve never heard of it before.