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Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee, a state of the United States of America. Nashville is located on the Cumberland River. Nicknamed "Music City, U.S.A.," it is the home of the Grand Ole Opry and a major recording center. It has also been called the Athens of the South, for its educational institutions and classical architecture. The mayor is Bill Purcell.

The primary news source in Nashville is the Tennessean, a daily newspaper. Another daily paper, the Nashville Banner ceased publication in the 1990s, but a new daily, the Nashville City Paper ( has since been started.

Nashville has a rivalry of sorts with the town of Branson, Missouri, the reason being Branson's status as a competing country-music themed tourist destination; it is also a friendly rival of Tennessee's second city, Memphis.

Nashville geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1,362.6 km² (526.1 mi²). 1,300.8 km² (502.3 mi²) of it is land and 61.8 km² (23.9 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 4.53% water.

Nashville history

Nashville was founded as Fort Nashborough on Christmas Day, 1779 by James Robertson, and was named in honour of Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War soldier. It was renamed Nashville in 1784 when it also became established as a town, and became the capital of Tennessee in 1843. It became the trailhead of the Natchez Trace, an important trade feature of the 1800s.

In 1856, William Walker, filibuster and mercenary, briefly managed to make himself president of Nicaragua. He is still the only native Nashvillian ever to become a head of state.

In the early-to-mid-19th century, three U.S. presidents came from Tennessee and all were closely associated with Nashville—James Knox Polk, Andrew Jackson, and Andrew Johnson. Jackson's home, The Hermitage, remains on the east side of Nashville.

In 1897 an exact replica of the Parthenon was built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

In the 20th century, several politicans from the Middle Tennessee area influenced the national scene, including Cordell Hull, Albert Gore, Sr., and Albert Gore, Jr..

The Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred on July 9, 1918 in Nashville when an inbound local train collided with an outbound express, killing 101 people.

Tennessee was the state that put the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote, over the top, and the ratification struggle convulsed the city in August, 1920.

On March 1, 1941 W47NV (now known as WSM-FM) began operations in Nashville becoming the first FM radio station.

The city played a prominent part in the U.S. civil rights movement; particularly important were the Nashville sit-ins of 1960.

Nashville has had a metropolitan government of a consolidated city-county since 1963, and was one of the first large U.S. cities to adopt this structure.

The 1998 tornado struck the downtown area on April 16 at around 3:30pm, causing serious damage and blowing out hundreds of windows from skyscrapers, raining shattered glass on the streets and closing the business district for nearly four days. Over 300 homes were damaged, and three cranes at the then-incomplete Tennessee Titans stadium were toppled. It was one of the most serious urban tornados on record in the U.S.

As the 21st century opened, a Nashville native rose to national political prominence when Dr. Bill Frist, formerly a transplant surgeon at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, became majority leader of the U.S. Senate.

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