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Interesting Facts about Tennessee

Welcome to our comprehensive list of Tennessee state facts. Read on to learn more about this state through our list of interesting facts and information.

1. The city of Kingston was the capital of the state for one day on September 21, 1807. This was the result of treaties with the Cherokee Indians. It returned to Knoxville after two resolutions.

2. Andrew Johnson held every elective office at every level. He held every state position in Tennessee before moving on to the federal level.

3. The state earned the nickname "The Volunteer State" during the War of 1812 when volunteer soldiers from Tennessee displayed marked valor during the Battle of New Orleans.

4. The Copper Basin in Tennessee is so different from the area surrounding it that it can be seen and recognized by American astronauts in space. The change was caused by 19th-century mining practices.

5. There are more horses in Shelby than in any other county in the United States.

6. The only monuments dedicated to both the Union and Confederate armies is located in in Greenville in front of the courthouse.

7. The exact geographical center of the state is Murfreesboro.

8. Conifer forests, which are usually found in Canada, are found in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

9. Hattie Caraway who was born in Bakersville, was the first woman to be elected a United States Senator.

10. There are over 3,800 documented caves in Tennessee.

11. The first state-owned historic site devoted to African Americans is the Alex Haley boyhood home.

12. Bristol is commonly known as the birthplace of Country Music.

13. Elvis Presley's home, known as Graceland, is in Memphis. It is the second most visited in the country.

14. The 1982 World's Fair was held in Knoxville. There were 11,127,786 attendees.

15. Robert R. Church Sr. from Memphis is supposedly the South's first African American millionaire.

16. Nashville's Centennial Park houses a replica of the Parthenon which is a famous building in Athens, Greece.

17. The Lost Sea in Sweetwater is recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest underground lake in the United States.

18. Tennessee is tied with Missouri in terms of bordering states with 8 surrounding it.

19. The incredibly popular drink Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1899 at a plant in Chattanooga. Two local attorneys purchased the bottling rights for $1.00.

20. The cotton industry has made Memphis a major port on the Mississippi River. To this day, it still handles one-third of all the cotton crop in America each year.

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