Nashville TN, which is seated by Davidson County’s lovely Cumberland River, is also known as “Music City.” The moniker began in 1950 when David Cobb, an announcer from WSM-AM, baptized this as the city’s nickname. The city’s rich musical history did not start there, for in 1874, Queen Victoria of England praised the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and said that “These young people must surely come from a musical city.”
Aside from being the home of country star crooners such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, Nashville TN is also famous for its booming banking, publishing, transportation, and health care industries.
Nashville TN has a two-tier structure which includes 7 smaller municipalities in the city-country consolidated government. As of the 2009 census, Nashville TN is home of 635,710 residents called Nashvillians, making it the runner-up to Memphis as the state’s largest city. The city’s consolidated area is 527.9 square miles or 1,376.30 square kilometers.
Nashville TN’s weather is the usual humid subtropical climate. Nashvillians are used to mild to cool winters, and hot, moist summers. The long spring and summer periods, which highlight the lush greeneries of the city, attract a lot of visitors as well.
The Rich History Of Nashville, TN
In 1779, John Donelson, James Roberson and several Wataugans founded the city, which they then called Fort Nashborough, in memory of Francis Nash, a war icon. Being near the river, Nashville quickly grew and later on became a crossroads for trains.
Nashville TN was named a city and became the county seat of Davidson in 1806. It was designated as Tennessee’s capital in 1843.
During the civil war, Nashville fell prey to union troops because of its strategic location. Nashville succumbed to union soldiers in February 1862, being the first state capital to be defeated. The Battle of Nashville, which took place from December 15-16, 1864, became a pivotal win for the Union troops.
After the civil war, Nashville TN got back on its knees and improved its trading, manufacturing, and shipping industries. The city’s economy prospered and was depicted in its beautiful classical style edifices located downtown.
Nashville TN started getting richer in the 1970’s and the wealth got bigger in the 1990’s under Phil Bredesen, who became city mayor, and eventually, governor. He focused on the development of city landmarks, such as the Nashville Public Library, LP field, Bridgestone Arena, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Nashville TN is also called the “Athens of the South” because of a number of universities, colleges, and schools – 24 to be exact – located within the city. True to its moniker “Athens of the South,” Nashville TN has a full sized replica of the Parthenon which has been erected in 1897.
Some of the educational institutions found inside the limits of Nashville TN are Vanderbilt University, University of Phoenix, Tennessee State University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Lipscomb University, Nashville School of Law, Meharry medical College, The Art Institute of Tennessee at Nashville, International Academy of Design and Technology, to name a few.