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"Nashville, a handsome city, capital of the state of Tennessee, and of Davidson co., is situated on the left bank of the Cumberland River, 200 miles from its mouth, 233 miles E.N.E. of Memphis, 206 miles S.W. of Lexington, Ky., and 684 miles from Washington. Lat. 36° 9' N.; lon. 86°49'W.; elevation above the sea, 460 feet. It is the most wealthy and populous city of Tennessee, except Memphis, and is distinguished for its enterprising spirit, literary taste, and polished society. Many of the private residences are built on a scale of palatial magnitude and £ and the public buildings exhibit a corresponding character. The capitol, which stands on a commanding eminence, 175 feet above the river, is a magnificent structure. The material is a fine limestone, which was quarried on the spot, and nearly resembles marble. The dimensions are 240 feet by 135 feet, and the estimated cost $1,500,000. It is built, it is stated, entirely of stone and iron, without any wood about it, except the planking on which the copper roofing is fastened; the floor and inner walls are of dressed stone. The foundation of the capitol was laid in 1845. A lunatic asylum, which will accommodate 400 patients, is located in the vicinity. The state penitentiary at this place is 310 feet by 50, containing 200 cells. This prison, with its machinery, equipments, and labor, is leased by the state to private parties by contract. Nashville is noted as the educational centre of the South western States. Its system of public schools is one of the best in the country. It has 5 school-buildings for whites, valued at $131,500, and 3 school-buildings for colored people. Here are 2 medical colleges, viz., the Nashville Medical College, and the medical department of Vanderbilt University, both occupying spacious buildings. With the latter is connected the city hospital. This city is the seat of the Nashville University, founded in 1806; of the Vanderbilt University (Methodist Episcopal South), founded in 1875; of the Fisk University, founded in 1867, for the training of colored teachers; and of the Central Tennessee College, founded in 1866. Nashville has also 2 female seminaries, 30 churches for whites, 14 churches for colored people, 2 or£ asylums, 4 national banks, 2 savings-banks, a public library, a state library in the capitol, a handsome masonic temple, 2 theatres, an opera-house, and a building for the custom-house and post-office. Three daily newspapers, about 20 weekly religious and literary journals, and a number of monthly periodicals are published here. This city has an extensive wholesale trade, and manufactures which include carriages, iron products, furniture, lumber, flour, saddlery, &c. About 400 manufacturing establishments were reported in the census returns of 1890, with a capital of $9,166,626 and a product valued at $13,673,730. It is connected with the city of Edgefield, which is on the opposite bank of the river, by a suspension-bridge and a railroad drawbridge. The river is navigated during high water by large steamboats from its mouth to this point, and several splendid packets are owned here. Among the important railroads that meet here are the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis, the Louisville & Great Southern, the St. Louis & Southeastern, the Nashville & Decatur, and the Tennessee & Pacific. Pop, in 1860, 16,948; in 1870, including Edgefield, 30,260; in 1880, 43,350; in 1890, 76,168. Gen. George H. Thomas gained here a decisive victory over the Confederate general Hood, December 15 and 16, 1864."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1779 - Nashville, Tennessee founded
    Grew from Fort Nashborough

  • 1817 - October 20 - 1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

  • 1864 - December - Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities

  • News 1869 - Nashville, Tenn., was recently visited with a serious conflagration, which destroyed property to the extent of $235,000.

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  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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    Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 4. - Ten years ago, in May, the most disastrous fire that Nashville has ever had occurred around the corner of College and...Read MORE...

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    Nashville, Feb. 9. - The lowest temperature during the past 24 hours was 6 1/ 2 below zero. There is much...Read MORE...

  • 1897 - Nashville - Cotton candy is a soft confection made from sugar that is heated and spun into slim threads that look like a mass of cotton. It was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John C. Wharton, candymakers from Nashville, Tennessee. inventors/ us.shtml

  • 1897 - Tennessee Centennial Exposition held in Nashville to celebrate state's 100th birthday webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ tntimeln.htm

  • 1900 - Nashville - The Advance-Guard of Western Civilization by Gates P. Thurston
    The beautiful site upon which the city of Nashville stands must have been famous in prehistoric times. Its natural salt spring near the bank of the...Read MORE...

  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    Wharf Scene, Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1906
    Nashville, a city, capital of the state of Tennessee and of Davison co., is situated on the Cumberland River, mainly on the left bank, 192 miles from ...Read MORE...

  • News 1918 - July 9 - 101 killed & 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tenn
    July 9, 1918

  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    State Capitol, Nashville
  • 1925 - October 5 - WSM-AM in Nashville Tenn begins radio transmissions

  • News 1926 - June 19 - DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
    June 19, 1926

  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    Sam Davis Hotel - 7th Ave. at Commerce - Nashville, Tenn.
  • News 1933 - Nashville Counts Ten Dead, Pruden Eight. Several Other Communities Lashed. LIST GROWS.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Mar. 15 (AP) - The mad caprice of a tornado which lashed the Tennessee-Kentucky border last night left a toll of 35 known dead and...Read MORE...

  • News 1941 - March 1 - 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn
    March 1, 1941

    Nashville, Tenn. (AP) - Four men working 700 feet above the ground were hurled to their deaths yesterday when a nearly completed, giant television...Read MORE...

  • 1960 - Students held sit-in demonstrations at Nashville lunch counters webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ tntimeln.htm

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