Tennessee June 29, 2017
The Tennessee Town In The Middle Of Nowhere That’s So Worth The Journey
Have you ever heard of Skullbone, Tennessee? We’re not talking about an object, but a town. A tiny town. One that has a story that spans decades and implores you to take a deeper look at all that makes Tennessee the neatest state in the union. We’re taking you to northwest Tennessee, folks. Far from any big city and perfectly situated amongst the wilds of nature – enjoy the ride.
The tiny town of Skullbone, Tennessee is located about an hour North of Jackson in Northwest Tennessee. We mean it when we say tiny -- the town is unincorporated and isn't on the map.
Skullbone is a sign and a general store. The store, called Hamptons, also functions as the Skullbone City Hall, and it even has a small "Mayor's Office" on the second floor.
The town also goes by a different, though much stranger name -- "The Capital of the Kingdom of Skullbonia."
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The town got its name when a Post Office was established in 1898 (which it lost five years later). The area was known for its bare-knuckle fights that were held there, prompting the name Skullbone.
Hampton's General Store is the lone building in Skullbone. It features murals mapping the domain of the Kingdom of Skullbonia. Be sure to go when the store is open to make sure you get the full Skullbone experience.
Skullbone has been around for a while, but it gained popularity when a music park was opened in the area in 1999. Musicians like .38 Special, Charlie Daniels, and Lynyrd Skynyrd all performed there in the early 2000's before the park was shut down a few years later due to its "unruly reputation."
If you're starting to think Skullbonia is weird, there's more. There is a signpost across the street from the store showing distances to places like Shades Bridge (1 mile), Winnepeg (1,209 miles), and Calcutta (10,281 miles).
Don't worry folks -- Skullbone keeps getting weirder. Next to the sign posts with the cities, there's a telephone pole that visitors like to nail cowboy boots on. You read that right, folks. Cowboy boots.
Isn’t this the neatest place? Check out the video below:
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