Monday, May 21, 2018

Sheriff Buford Pusser "Walking Tall"

We took a short drive from Red Bay Alabama to Adamsville, Tennessee in McNairy County. This is the home of Sheriff Pusser. He was a tough sheriff from 1964 to 1970. If you have seen the three movies about him, this was his home town. The first Walking Tall film starred Joe Don Baker in 1973, the second film Walking Tall Part 2 in 1975 starred Bo Svenson and in Walking Tall Final Chapter, made in 1977. There was a TV series in 1981 and two more remakes in 2007.

The museum is in his house and has many items from his days as sheriff. Law enforcement fro all over the country and the world have visited the museum. There are numerous items on the internet about him such as that tell his story. He carried a four-foot hickory club for several years then finally carried a gun. He said "what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong, no matter who you are".

He was shot several times, including an ambush in 1967 where his wife was killed and he had his lower jaw shot off. He underwent numerous surgeries to rebuild his face and remained as sheriff until his term limit ended in 1970. He died in 1974 when he wrecked his Chevy Corvette while apparently driving too fast.
The original house was destroyed in a fire. He rebuilt this house on the same location.

The house is just as it was when he died in 1974
There are many articles about him in the museum

Confiscated items he collected

There are hundreds of shirt patches and items police officers have left to add to the displays

There are six records recorded about the sheriff

The Corvette that crashed. He was thrown clear of the car and the car burned in the accident

Rattlesnake Saloon

While at Red Bay, Alabama, the Rattlesnake Saloon is a place to see. This was our first time to go there and proved to be an interesting place. Our friends Rod and Sandy from Milford Ohio were at Tiffin for some service at the same time we were there and we went together to the Rattlesnake. It is a saloon but also a family place, located in a "cave" in the country north of Red Bay. They serve alcohol and food items. A band plays on Friday and Saturday evenings. They also have a campground and lots of activities during the summer. 

Starting off with a Taxi ride to the Cave.

Arriving at the cave
The saloon is under the cave.
View of the cave where the main seating is located

Outdoor seating is also available
The band setting up

Sandy, Rod, Lee and Mary and finger in the photo
The band was very good and the guy at the mic sang both male AND female lyrics
No cell phone service at the cave

It does look like a saloon

Glad this one was stuffed and a display case