Friday, May 8, 2015

Nashville City Tour #1

Minnie Pearl's dress and famous hat.  She paid $1.98 for the had and bought it in Aiken, South Carolina.

They are refurbishing the Ryman Auditorium.  In 1880, Thomas Ryman, a riverboat captain attended a revival.  He had planned to heckle the preacher but instead was converted and decided to raise money to buy a place for the preacher, Sam Jones, to preach. He raised $100,000 and built the Union Gospel Tabernacle which was later renamed The Ryman Auditorium. It served many purposes including boxing matches, church services, music events.  In 1943, the Grand Old Opry started broadcasting from there.

  The folks in Nashville didn't forget us Korean War Vets - named a bridge in honor.

This is the Nashville Parthenon, a 1/8 inch to one inch scale copy of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.  I took the picture out the window of the bus so it's not very good.

 This is the Tennessee State House.  There are 360 steps leading up to the building.  

I took this picture in one of the antique stores in Nashville.  They call it the Music City and almost everything you see everywhere is about music.

One building that interested me was the Marathon Motor Car Company.  There were 10,000 Marathon cars produced in this building early in the last century.  

In the afternoon, we toured the Country Music Hall of Fame. I'll post that visit tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

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