Have you ever wondered what makes a place famous? Obviously, the answer is point of interest. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Natural beauty such as the Jungfrau region in the Swiss Alps or the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Not to mention places of historic and architectural significance, from the Tower of London to the Empire State Building in New York.
However, there are some places that are famous for very strange reasons. One American town turned into a dog once its grocery store was burned down, and the Alleys of England became a prankster’s ass.
An “undiscovered” Pacific island and a growing Australian peak. Some of these places you may not want to visit, and others may prove a bit difficult unless you venture into the online world. They’re all famous for very strange reasons
The tiny town of Rabbit Hash in Coone County, Kentucky certainly puts the term “dog lead” into an entirely new context.
The town is listed on the National Register of Historic places, with the historic store, dating back to 1831, listed as the most well preserved country store in Kentucky. However this small community’s general store is not the most famous aspect of this town.
When it was destroyed by fire in 2016 the small community rallied to reconstruct the iconic store from donated lumber from other period buildings through a unique community fundraiser.
Each year since 1998 they have held a Mayoral election where the candidates were all canines, a tradition which has continued for more than 20 years.
The first elected mayor, Goofy Borneman-Calhourn, a dog of “indeterminate breed” held office from 1998 until his death in 2001 at the ripe old age of 16. The second mayor, a black labrador by the name of Junior Cochran’s term of office was dogged with controversy. He was barred from entering the general store due to health concerns.
The current mayor, Brynneth Pawltro successfully raised $9,000 towards the reconstruction of the town’s general store. Votes in the town elections cost $1 each, with no limits on the number of votes cast.