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Near New Lawton in McNairy County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Buford Hayse Pusser

 
 
Buford Hayse Pusser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
1. Buford Hayse Pusser Marker
Inscription. On December 12, 1937, Buford Hayse Pusser was born in Finger, Tennessee. In 1962 he became Adamsville's chief of police. He was elected sheriff of McNairy County in 1864. Soon his courageous fight against crime exposed him to much danger and many personal injuries. A movie and a book based on Sheriff Pusser's experiences made him a nationally known hero. He died in an automobile accident here on August 21, 1974.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4C 26.)
 
Location. 35° 12.357′ N, 88° 27.586′ W. Marker is near New Lawton, Tennessee, in McNairy County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 64 and Lawton Road, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 64. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selmer TN 38375, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Approach to Shiloh (approx. 1.6 miles away); Purdy (approx. 2.3 miles away); Adamsville In The Civil War (approx. 4.2 miles away); Fielding Hurst and Purdy (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh
Buford Hayse Pusser Marker and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
2. Buford Hayse Pusser Marker and Memorial
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Buford Pusser Memorial Park (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Approach to Shiloh (approx. 5.8 miles away); Thayer's Brigade (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. "He Walked Tall". Page discussing the life of Sheriff Pusser. (Submitted on April 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Buford Pusser Home & Museum. The museum collection includes the wrecked Corvette Pusser was driving at the accident which took his life. (Submitted on April 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Walking Tall. Information page about the original "Walking Tall" movie. (Submitted on April 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. This Marker in a Movie
In last few seconds of the movie "Walking Tall - Final Chapter" (1977), there is a close-up shot of this marker. The camera shot looks west showing the last mile of road that Pusser was travelling on before he went off the road. In 1977 this was a two lane highway but it has since been changed to four lanes with a grass median. The movie is presently (January 2014) on Youtube.
Buford Hayse Pusser Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 16, 2009
3. Buford Hayse Pusser Memorial
Buford Pusser
Dec. 12, 1937
Aug. 21, 1974
    — Submitted January 15, 2014, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 
Categories. 20th Century
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,738 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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