Butler’s Run in Nashville, Tennessee - Atlas Obscura

Butler’s Run

This alleyway was named to honor the memory of a beloved local dog. 


A dog named Butler used to run the streets of downtown Nashville and became a local legend. Though he is no longer alive, Butler is remembered today with his own alley leading to the river.

In 1990, the owners of what is now known as Butler’s Run were looking for a pet and found a puppy at the local Nashville Humane Society. They named the dog, who was believed to be a mix of a black Labrador retriever and a springer spaniel, Butler.

When they brought him to their building on 2nd Street, he quickly learned to love making his rounds about the downtown scene. He would get a snacks from local restaurants and visit shops and people along his travels. He also left his footprints in the concrete near the building leaving his indelible mark on the town. When Butler passed away in the fall of 1999, a statue was erected in his honor near his preserved footprints.

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