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    Monday Trivia: Tennessee 🇺🇸

    Some Interesting Facts about Tennessee:

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

    Andrew Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal level, including President of the United States. He was elected alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and United States congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming President of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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

    Actress-singer Polly Bergen, from Knoxville, is the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

    Tennessee won its nickname as The Volunteer State during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans.

    The Copper Basin is so different from the surrounding area it has been seen and is recognizable by American astronauts. The stark landscape was caused by 19th-century mining practices.

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

    The only person in American history to be both an Admiral in the Navy and a General in the Army was Samuel Powhatan Carter who was born in Elizabethton.

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

    Grinders Switch, entertainer Minnie Pearl's fictitious hometown, is now an entertainment complex in her real hometown of Centerville.

    Conifer forests similar to those in Canada are found in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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

    Davy Crockett was not born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, as the song says. He was born on the banks of Limestone Creek near Greeneville, where a replica of the Crockett's log cabin stands today.

    The Tennessee Aquarium is the largest facility of its kind to focus on fresh water habitat. It features 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 the winter of 1811-12 in northwestern Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake located in Obion and Lake Counties was formed during this earthquake.

    Reputed "Turtle Capital of the World," Reelfoot Lake also features thousands of sliders, stinkpots, mud and map turtles.

    Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

    The 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, because of constant energy research, it is known as the Energy Capital of the World.

    Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves.

    While Nashville is known nationwide as a country music mecca, it’s actual birthplace was in Bristol.

    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 envelops these fabled mountains.

    Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors.

    Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state to be readmitted after the war.

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

    The capitol building was designed by noted architect William Strickland, who died during its construction and is buried within its walls.

    Tennessee ranks number one among other states in the total number of soldiers who fought in the War Between the States.

    Tennesseeans are sometimes referred to as Butternuts, a tag which was first applied to Tennessee soldiers during the Civil War because of the tan color of their uniforms.

    The Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee is rated among the top white water recreational rivers in the nation and was the site for the Olympic white water canoe/kayak competition in the 1996 Olympics.

    The name "Tennessee" originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see," meaning "The Meeting Place."

    The world's largest artificial skiing surface is located at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg. There a 5-acre artificial ski surface permits skiing in any type of weather.

    Coca-Cola was first bottle in 1899 at a plant on Patten Parkway in downtown Chattanooga after two local attorneys purchased the bottling rights to the drink for $l.00.

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

    Cotton made Memphis a major port on the Mississippi River. The Memphis Cotton Exchange still handles approximately one-third of the entire American cotton crop each year.

    Creator of the world famous Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s died after angrily kicking a safe and hurting his toe, leading to the blood infection that would be his demise.

    Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop” after tasting a cup of coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel.

    Sugar lovers, thank Nashville, they gave you cotton candy. In 1897, William Morrison and John C. Wharton found a method of spinning heated sugar into what that originally called “fairy floss.”

    There’s a bar in Copperhill called Patrick’s Bar & Grill. The Tennessee/Georgia state line cuts through the center of the bar, with the bar on the Tennessee side and the restaurant on the other. Oddly enough the Georgia side is in a dry county, so alcohol can only be in Tennessee areas of the establishment.

    Some Strange Laws in Tennessee:

    - Next time you’re heading to your favorite fishing hole, leave the lasso at home. It’s illegal to catch a fish by this means in the Volunteer State.
    - A whale is the only animal you’re allowed to hunt from a moving vehicle in Tennessee.
    - Hungry while you’re road tripping through Tennessee? It’s completely legal to pick up some roadkill to feast on.
    - It’s illegal to bring skunks into the state.
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    Re: Monday Trivia: Tennessee 🇺🇸

    Those are some VERY strange laws. Thanks Anita.
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!


      Re: Monday Trivia: Tennessee 🇺🇸

      I've been to the Aquarium, it's marvelous... there is a children's museum within walking distance and they look at you really strange if you don't have children with you. In fact, Howard and I had a hard time getting in at all! I had to show them my school ID before they'd sell us tickets. Not even telling them Howard was a big kid had any effect.
      “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou