Tricia and I drive past the big green highway sign; anouncing Coon Dog Cemetery. We are on our way to Rattlesnake Saloon, and while we laugh with each other; I jokingly ask her, “Ya think thars some coon dogs baried thar?” My Alabama twang falls flat as she replies, “There is a movie with Coon Dog Cemetery in a scene, and that probably is the cemetery; and the dogs do need to be verifiable coon dogs.”
It’s a couple of days later, we are listening to a tour guide describe the attractions near her home town, Red Bay, Alabama. ‘You can go to Coon Dog Cemetery, ya don’t wanna go at night, cause its back in the sticks! It’s the only one like it in the world, where coon dog people can bary there certified coon huntin’ dawgs.’ I keep the words to myself, but I’m thinking, “well, gosh darn it, I know where we’re going after lunch.”
Where is Coon Dog Cemetery?
It is Off the Beaten Path (OBP)! It is not on the way to anywhere else on our list, except for the Rattlesnake Saloon. We’re discussing the fact that if we had done our homework, we could have knocked off 2 OBP locations in one trip a couple of days ago. The cemetery is located in the hills of Northwest Alabama. We leave Red Bay heading East on Hwy 24. After a few miles we turn North on Hwy 247 for approximately 12 miles, and turn East on Coon Dog Cemetery Road. Another 5 miles or so, and we arrive. Welcome to Coon Dog Cemetery in Freedom Hills, AL.
Open for Business
Coon Dog Cemetery has been open for business since 1937, when Troop, the first coon dog was buried. When Key Underwood buried his coondog, his intention was not to create a cemetery, but to provide a special burial place near the hunting camp that they both loved. Today, 80 years later, more than 300 coon dogs have been buried at this location.
So, you ask, “I have a Coon Dog to bury, one of my best friends. How do I go about arranging this?” If you think your dog qualifies for a spot in the very special place, contact a member of the non-profit group, The Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery, Inc. Information is available at: coondogcemetery.com and on Facebook @coondogcemetery.
The Cajuntrippers hope you enjoyed this short OBP post. There is more to come, as we change our lifestyle to a mobile RV lifestyle.