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10 fun facts about Tennessee

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Tennessee Facts

Tennessee is one of the most fascinating states in America. Here are 10 Tennessee facts.

Tennessee’s name originated from the word “Tanasqui”

The name Tennessee has Native American origins, coming from the Cherokee word “Tanasqui,” meaning “meeting place.” It was only in the 1750’s wherein the state was officially referred to as “Tennessee.”

Tennessee got its nickname from two wars

Tennessee is  The Volunteer State. The nickname came from the onset of the Battle of New Orleans in 1812 and the Mexican War from 1846-1848. When thousands of Tennessee soldiers readily volunteered to participate in both wars, it earned Tennessee the nickname of “The Volunteer State.”

Country music was born in Tennessee

Other Tennessee facts include, Country music which was specifically born in the city of Bristol, Tennessee. This genre of music started when local musicians Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter

Family signed a contract with Victor Records, a Tennessee-based recording studio. Their style of singing, which made use of yodeling, folk sounds, and ballads, permanently placed country music on the map.

Tennessee radio show The Grand Ole Opry has been operating since 1925

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the longest-running radio show in the United States. The show started playing hour-long barn songs, which helped increase the public interest in country music even more. Aside from country music, the Grand Ole Opry also airs classical and contemporary songs every weekend.

The 1982 World’s Fair had over 11 million attendees

In 1982, Knoxville hosted the World’s Fair, an international exhibit that showcased the different artistic, scientific, technological, and industrial accomplishments of the participating countries. This world-famous event lasted for four months, from May to October. Despite being the smallest city to ever host a World’s Fair, Knoxville attracted a whopping 11 million visitors over the course of four months.

In Tennessee, it’s illegal to catch a fish with a lasso

Up to this day, the reason behind this unusual ordinance remains a mystery. Those who fish in the waters of Tennessee are encouraged to continue doing so using the usual methods to hook their fresh catch of the day.

There are more than 3,800 caves in Tennessee

Unbeknownst to many, Tennessee is home to more than 3,800 caves and some of them people are still exploring them. Tennessee’s magnificent cave systems include the Tuckaleechee Caverns, the Forbidden Caverns, and the Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

Whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s originated from Tennessee

World-famous whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s started when Tennessee native Jasper Newton Daniel opened a Lynchburg distillery in 1866. Its signature flavor, which comes from the sour mash and sugar maple charcoal, along with its square bottle, made Jack Daniel’s one of the top whiskey brands in the world.

Cotton candy started in Tennessee

Cotton candy is popular all over the world for its sweet and airy taste. Also known as candy floss or fairy floss, cotton candy was created by a William James Morrison, a dentist, and Charles Wharton, a candy maker, in the 1890s. They invented and sold the cotton candy machine to a Nashville company, which started the fluffy and sugary craze.

Mountain Dew originated in Tennessee

In 1940, Barney and Ally Hartman originally created Mountain Dew as a soda mix of whiskey. The formula was eventually tweaked and sold to PepsiCo to become the popular soda drink it is today.

Tennessee is just full of wonderful surprises. If you’re looking at staying in the city of Knoxville of this historical and vibrant state, contact the Goswitz Team at 865-588-1234 or email frank(at)goswitz(dotted)com.