Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Purnell's Piggy Propane


On page 213 in your copy of Weird Kentucky, you'll find the grave of Fred Purnell, Kentucky's sausage king. His is the only gravestone I know of that depicts a package of sausage on it, and a smiling cartoon pig to boot. Purnell's sausage company is still thriving in Shelby County today, and in their front yard there's a huge propane tank mimetically painted to look like - yes - a package of Purnell's sausage!

4 comments:

Danny said...

My pathetic connection to the Purnell family was when I worked in Lawn and Garden department at the old HQ (the short lived Home Quarters Warehouse...like Lowes or Home Depot for those who don't remember) and Mrs. Purnell came in and bought about 20-30 Boxwood hedges...I also helped late news anchorman Hugh Finn and his family purchase a bird feeder...local celebs seemed to like the place anyway...

I realize this has no bearing on your post but I guess I'm getting old and like to tell stories that may be only remotely related to anything relevant. God help me.

Nicosia said...

Freakin' AWESOME!

blueroc85 said...

I love Old Folk's Sausage!

Lee Hundley said...

I told my niece, when she moved to Simpsonville, she could go to the "Pig" on Thursday nights and get free sausage from the pump. This was a special benefit of living in Simpsonville, and was a secret