Who could predict Pulaski
Pulaski Travel Blog› entry 18 of 40 › view all entries
Pulaski. One of those place's that we'd not even thought of visiting on our tour across America. We just merely came across it dodging the I40 from Nashville to Memphis. We left Nashville after checking out there 1-1 scale Pathenon (which has to be the most randomist thing you'd expect in middle America) and with a hangover still fresh in the head we trekked off on towards Memphis.
The main reason for our trek across the states was to see real America. Not just stay in the tourist traps. When we entered the outskirts of Pulaski we came across quiet roads with small bungalows with big character, picturesque and lovely to see.
Because everyone was here! We'd stumbled across the Annual Governors one-shot Turkey hunt and Gobblers Gala on the Downtown Square. It was a mix of vintage and new cars on show with families and camouflaged folks walking around enjoying the warm spring sunshine. There was a big board in a bandstand acting as a table of who killed what and what weight it was. And I bet it annoyed a few 'good ol boys' to see a woman top of the leaderboard!
Whilst my travel partner and good buddy Steve took in the cars I wandered around and took in the other sights.
Steve caught up with me by now and this is when a local elderly woman came up to us and engaged in a conversation about my tatoo on my arm. And so once she heard our English accents that was it, we were escorted round and introduced to various people all interested to hear our story of where we were going and why we were in Pulaski.
Burford Puser. Not a name I'd heard of before. But he was a Sheriff around these parts a while back and his story was quite a unique and special one to tell which has now been told in 3 films, most recently a remake called 'Walking Tall' starring 'the Rock'. I won't go through everything here as I could go on for hours but seriously, this was one cool dude who was hard as nails and as honest as the day was long. He fought crime, survived assassination attempts and saved the day on too many an occassion. He probably acheived more in his life than many others would in a dozen attempts.
Here's the wiki leaks site address, check it out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_pusser
So the 'Writer' actually turned out to be his daughter who was autographing books about him and his life.
We posed with her for photographs and I made the cardinal sin of putting my fingers over the signature on the bat. But atleast she didn't hit me with it!
The local newspaper 'The Pulaski Citizen' took our picture with Tim Turner, the Giles County Tourism Foundation Director and said they'd put us in the paper! It was all really welcoming considering we were just passing through and they were some of the nicest people we met on our travels. A lot nicer than when one of the elderly ladies whispered into my ear 'Ya know this is where the KKK came from?'.
Only after I'd managed to reverse into someones massive tool box. But as I thought at the time, if they leave these things in the middle of the road, they will eventually get hit!
Lovely looking town with realxed and warm people. Would love to go back one day.
We made the May 4th 2010 edition of the paper by the way, front page!