Tennessee: Tennessee and Grand Ole Opry Essay

Submitted By macymasoner
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Tennessee Since Tennessee is my home state, I have decided to write about my favorite place. Tennessee is a very beautiful and historic state just like most states. I live near Knoxville, 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. 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 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. This is one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. This parks draws almost 9 million visitors a year, that’s doubled most national parks. Most trails will range from a half-mile to 70 miles long. In all, 800 miles of hiking trails. The Smoky Mountains are among the oldest on Earth. Ice Age glaciers stopped their southward journey just short of these mountains, which became a junction of southern and northern flora. Next is Nashville, or Music City. The Parthenon in Centennial Park is the world’s only exact replica of the ancient Greek temple. Originally built for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition in 1897, the temporary structure was reconstructed permanently in 1931. Inside the temple stands the gilded goddess of wisdom, Athena. At 42 feet tall, Athena Parthenos is the western hemisphere’s largest indoor statue. Nashville has always had a foundation of music, from fiddle tunes in the 1700s to todays 24/7 availability of up-and-coming country artists. It is safe to say that over the years, Nashville earned the nickname music city. "Music City" truly started to unfold when WSM radio station started broadcasting. Among the first programs sent over the airwaves on radio WSM were broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry. The nickname "Music City" was born during the…