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  • Elvis Presley's home called Graceland is located in Memphis. Graceland is the second most visited house in the country.

  • In Knoxville 1982 took place the world exhibition. The number of visitors was 11,127,786 visitors.

  • Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the civil war and was the first state to be resumed after the war.

  • The nation's oldest African-American architectural firm, McKissack and McKissack, is located in Nashville.

  • The country's oldest African-American financial institution, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, is located in Nashville.

  • Robert R. Church, Sr. of Memphis, is said to be the first African-American millionaire of the South.

  • The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is located at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was murdered in 1968. The museum preserves the motel and tells the story of the American civil rights movement.

  • A replica of the Parthenon, the famous ancient Greek building in Athens, Greece, stands in Nashville's Centennial Park.

  • The "Guinness Book of World Records" lists the Lost Sea in Sweetwater as the largest underground lake in the United States.

  • The silversmith of the Cherokee, Sequoyah, was the only known man in the history of the world who single-handedly developed an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for an Indian people. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore tells its story and is dedicated to the history and culture of the Native Americans.

  • The Watauga Association at Sycamore Shoals near Elizabethton designed the first constitution ever written by Whites in America in 1772. It was designed according to the constitution of the Iroquois League of Nations, a federal system of government that had been developed 200 years earlier for five tribes of the Native Americans.

  • Gary Cooper won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Tennessee war hero Alvin York in the successful 1941 film, Sergeant York. World War I Hero Sgt. Alvin C. York was born in the Pall Mall.

  • When Tennessee became a state in 1796, the total population was 77,000.

  • The Capitol was designed by the famous architect William Strickland, who died during the construction and is buried in its walls.

  • Tennessee ranks number one among states in the total number of soldiers fighting in war between states.

  • Tennesseeans are sometimes referred to as butternuts, a brand that was first applied to Tennessee soldiers during the Civil War because of the brownish color of their uniforms.

  • The Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee is one of the country's best whitewater recreational rivers and hosted the 1996 Olympic Games white water canoe / kayak competition.

  • The name "Tennessee" came from the ancient Yuchi Indian word "Tana-see", which means "meeting place".

  • Jubilee Singers at Fisk University in Nashville have introduced the world to the sad beauty and tradition of the Negro spiritual, which has become the basis for other genres of African-American music. It was because of their successful tours to collect money for the university during the 1870s that Nashville first became known for his music.

  • Tennessee connects with Missouri as the most neighborly state in the Union. It borders 8 states.

  • Dolly Parton is from Sevierville. A major highway, the Dolly Parton Parkway, leads visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • The world's largest artificial ski surface is located in the Ober Gatlinburg ski area in Gatlinburg. There, a 5-hectare artificial ski area allows skiing in all weather conditions.

  • Coca-Cola was the first bottled in 1899 at a plant on Patten Parkway in downtown Chattanooga, after two attorneys bought the $ 1.00 bottling rights to the beverage.

  • Cumberland University, located in Lebanon, lost a football game against Georgia Tech on October 7, 1916, with a score of 222 to 0. The Georgia Tech coach was George Heisman, for whom the Heisman Trophy is named.

  • Cotton made Memphis an important port on the Mississippi. The Memphis Cotton Exchange still processes about a third of the total American cotton crop each year.

  • The city of Kingston served as a state of the capital of Tennessee for a day (September 21, 1807) as a result of treaties negotiated with the Cherokee Indians. The two-hour legislative period passed two resolutions and moved back to Knoxville.

  • Andrew Johnson held every election office at the local, federal, and federal levels, including the President of the United States. He was elected City Councilor, Mayor, State Representative and State Senator of Greeneville. He served as Governor and Military Governor of Tennessee and US Congressman, Senator and Vice President and became President of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Iroquois, bred in Nashville Belle Meade Plantation was the first American winner of the English Derby in 1881. Such modern thoroughbreds as the Secretariat track their bloodlines to Iroquois.

  • Knoxville singer Polly Bergen is the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

  • Tennessee was nicknamed "The Volunteer State" during the War of 1812, when volunteers from Tennessee demonstrated remarkable courage at the Battle of New Orleans.

  • The Copper Basin is so different from the environment in which it was seen and can be recognized by American astronauts. The bleak landscape was created by mining practices of the 19th century.

  • For the Gulf War, more National Guard soldiers were deployed than any other state.

  • There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than in any other county in the United States.

  • The only person in American history who was both Navy Admiral and General in the Army was Samuel Powhatan Carter, who was born in Elizabethton.

  • Greeneville has the only monument in the United States that recognizes both the Union and Confederate armies. It is located on the lawn of the Green County Courthouse.

  • The city of Murfreesboro is located exactly in the geographical center of the state.

  • Grinders Switch, the fictional hometown of entertainer Minnie Pearl, is now an entertainment complex in her real hometown of Centerville.

  • In the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are coniferous forests that resemble those of Canada.

  • Hattie Kümmel (1878-1950) born in Bakersville became the first United States Senator woman.

  • Davy Crockett was not born on a mountain peak in Tennessee, as the song says. He was born on the shores of Limestone Creek, near Greeneville, where today stands a replica of the Crockett log cabin.

  • The Tennessee Aquarium is the largest facility of its kind, focusing on the freshwater habitat. It includes 7,000 animals and 300 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

  • The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake, occurred in winter 1811-12 in northwestern Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake in Obion and Lake Counties was formed during this earthquake.

  • Called the "turtle capital of the world," Reefoot Lake also offers thousands of sliders, stinkpots, mud and loggerhead turtles.

  • Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest running live radio program. Since 1925 it is broadcast every Friday and Saturday.

  • Legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones, who was killed when his train crashed on April 30, 1900, lived in Jackson.

  • Oak Ridge was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb. Today, due to constant energy research, it is known as the energy capital of the world.

  • Tennessee has more than 3,100% documented caves.

  • Henning's Alex Haley home is the first state-owned historic site dedicated to African Americans in Tennessee.

  • Bristol is known as the birthplace of country music.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States. The park was named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often surrounds these fabulous mountains.

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