10 Awesome Facts About Nashville
1.) Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779.
2.) The driveway of Andrew Jackson’s house in Hermitage is in the shape of a guitar.
3.) United Record, a vinyl pressing plant in downtown Nashville, is one of only four remaining vinyl manufacturers in the nation. Operating since 1949, United has pressed millions of records for artists like Elvis Presley, Lionel Richie, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and N’Sync, as well as for numerous hip-hop and reggae musicians.
4.) Joel Owsley Cheek was the inventor of Maxwell House Coffee, the blend that became so popular it made Nashville the center of the nation’s coffee business in the early 20th century. In 1892, he developed a recipe for a blend of premium beans and convinced the manager of the Maxwell House Hotel to try the coffee and then to serve it exclusively. The coffee was so well received by the hotel’s guests that the owner gave Cheek permission to use the Maxwell House name for the coffee. The phrase “good to the last drop” was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt after he sipped coffee at the hotel.
5.) Nashville has the world’s only exact replica of the ancient Greek temple, The Parthenon.
6.) Some of the most famous horses were bred at Belle Meade in Nashville. The list includes Seabiscuit, War Admiral, and the Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
7.) In 1941, Nashville was granted the first FM license in the United States. Today, we could hardly imagine listening to music without FM radio in our cars or on our bedside clock-radios.
8.) The Standard Candy Company uses more than 3 million pounds of chocolate a year. Founded in 1901, it is the home of a native Nashville confection called the GooGoo. The GooGoo is a cluster of peanuts, caramel, marshmallow and milk chocolate. It is said that GOO stands for Grand Ole Opry.
9.) Nashville is home to the largest Kurdish community in North America. The community was featured in the PBS documentary series “Next Door Neighbors” in an episode titled “Little Kurdistan, USA.” The episode focuses on the Kurds’ resettlement in Nashville as a result of decades of strife in their homeland. The resettlement began after the failed Kurdish revolution against Iraq in 1976 and continued in waves, the largest wave occurring in the early 1990s after refugees fled Saddam Hussein’s brutal genocidal campaign against the Kurds that began in 1987. The Kurdish population in Nashville has been estimated to be as high as 11,000. “It’s a source of pride for a lot of Nashvillians,” a manager of the local Metro Services Refugee Program was quoted as saying in an article on the Kurdish Herald website.
10.) Nashville is home to the world’s longest-running live music radio show. The Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting every week since 1925 on AM radio station WSM. Originally known as the “WSM Barn Dance,” the show has had many venues in Nashville through the years, beginning in the studios of WSM and currently broadcasting from the stage of its permanent home since 1974, the Grand Ole Opry House (opry.com). You can attend the family-friendly show, which features country legends sharing the bill with up-and-coming acts, and take a backstage tour of the Opry House. During the holiday season the show returns to one of its former homes, the legendary Ryman Auditorium (ryman.com) in downtown Nashville. The Grand Ole Opry House contains a 6-foot circle of oak at center stage that was cut from the stage of the Ryman.
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