Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard Features

American hunter Key Underwood really loved his Coonhound, Troop. He loved him so much that when Troop died on Labour Day 1937, he buried him within a popular hunting camp in Freedom Hills, Colbert County, Northwest Alabama. Thus was born the  Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard , the only cemetery of its kind in the world.

Underwood never intended that a specialist Coonhound cemetery be created, but soon hunters from all over America began burying their beloved coon dogs near Troop. Today, more than 300 Coonhounds are buried in the  Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard .

In order to qualify for burial, dog owners need to claim that their dog was a Coonhound, to have had their dog’s breed independently verified, and to have a member of the memorial graveyard committee confirm that fact by viewing the dog before interment.

Photo Credit:
Old Troop’s Grave at the Coon Dog Cemetery. Copyright image courtesy of Dailynetworks. CC BY GFDL


Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard
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