How Bell Buckle Got It's Unique Name

Located in the heart of Tennessee, the Town of Bell Buckle is perhaps, most uniquely significant because of its name.  A variety of local legends offer explanations for the town’s unusual name, and while no one of these theories has been documented there is one that is widely accepted as truth.  According to this tradition, the first white men to traverse the area now known as Bell Buckle discovered a carving in the shape of a cow bell and buckle on a tree near a free flowing creek. This carving was interpreted as a warning from Indians that the domesticated animals of white civilization were intruding upon their lands.  Thereafter the creek was referred to as Bell Buckle Creek and, logically enough, the town which grew up on the banks of that creek adopted its name.