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Drakesboro, Kentucky: Grave of Merle "Sixteen Tons" Travis

Merle Travis wrote the hit single, "Sixteen Tons," but was best known for his finger-picking guitar work.

1 Merle Travis Hwy, Drakesboro, KY
Two miles west of Drakesboro or five miles east of Greenville on Hwy 176. Turn at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church onto Merle Travis Hwy. You'll see Merle's monument on the left, all by itself, just past the end of the church parking lot.
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Grave of Merle Travis.

Gravestone of Merle "Sixteen Tons" Travis

Merle Travis was a Grammy-winning country music star, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977. He wrote the hit single, "Sixteen Tons," but was best known for his guitar work, which he made an art form with his unique style of finger-picking. About a year before he died he appeared in the Clint Eastwood film Honkytonk Man. Merle Travis died in October 1983. His body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered around this monument erected to him in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.

[John R Kirtley, 08/14/2012]

Travis was born and raised Muhlenberg County. The monument calls his music "folk songs" and notes that he had won "the respect of all fellow workers."

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