Buford Pusser Died Here
Driving home on a jubilant day
His daughter spotted his car ahead
Crashed and on fire by the side of the road
And we knew then that Buford was dead
- poem displayed at the Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Buford Pusser was the "Walking Tall" sheriff, famous for his frequent violent run-ins with local lowlifes and gangsters. But by August 21, 1974, he was retired and a Hollywood celebrity, driving away from his hometown county fair in a new Corvette he'd bought with money from his first Walking Tall movie. His daughter, following a few minutes behind, did indeed come upon the burning wreck of his car, with Buford dead beside it from a broken neck.
Authorities claimed that Buford died because he was driving too fast, had too much to drink, and wasn't wearing his seat belt. But few people in Adamsville believed that the crash, or Buford's death, was an accident. The burned wreck of the car is a memorable display at the Buford Pusser Home and Museum (Buford died only five miles from his house). Investigators said that the fire made it impossible to know if the car had been tampered with.