Cherokee, Alabama: Coon Dog Cemetery

Key Underwood buried his coon dog "Old Troop" here, in a hunting camp in the woods, on Sep. 4, 1937. Since then the graveyard procession of dead coon dogs, many with fancy tombstones, hasn't stopped.

Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery

Address:
4945 Coon Dog Cemetery Rd, Cherokee, AL
Directions:
Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery. Seven miles west of Tuscumbia on US Hwy 72. Turn left (south) on Hwy 247, go 12 miles, turn right, and follow the signs.
Phone:
256-383-0783
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Coon Dog Cemetery.

Coon Dog Cemetery

You should go see it. Some of the headstones are nicer than human headstones. Look up the story of putting coins on the coon dog headstones, and bring some change.

[Rho, 11/27/2020]

Rough-hewn tombstone of

Coon Dog Cemetery

Spent yesterday visiting the Coon Dog Cemetery. What a wonderful day at this one-of-a-kind-place devoted to the memory of the "Coon Dog." Loved paying my respects to these animals.

[Buffett2010, 07/03/2019]

Monument of two dogs looking upward, grasping a tree trunk, at the entrance to the Coon Dog Cemetery.

Coon Dog Cemetery

Hundreds of coon dogs are buried, dating back to 1937, I do believe. It's neat. Worth a side trip after visiting the Rattlesnake Saloon restaurant, which is in the side of a mountain in Tuscumbia.

[Jeremy Raines, 07/25/2018]

Flowers and small American flags mark many graves in the Coon Dog Cemetery.

Coon Dog Cemetery

I had never been to Alabama, and was looking for different things to see. My brother, who raises coon dogs, thought it would be interesting to see this cemetery. How surprised we were to see such a cared-for place. Each grave had flowers, and most had an American flag; each had different objects from each dog's life (Not all the dogs are from Alabama). The road was clearly marked and the countryside was peaceful and lovely.

[Sue Golden, 05/21/2017]

Sign pointing to the Coon Dog Cemetery has a drawing of a dog that has treed a raccoon.

Coon Dog Graveyard

The Coon Dog Cemetery was interesting, and we thought it was worth a stop if you are a dog lover. The grounds are clean and it is neat reading the tombstones.

[Danae, 06/10/2014]

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