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Tennessee State Facts

Population (1994): 5,175,000 (16th in size)

State size: 42,144 square miles (34th in size)

State Capital: Nashville (named after Francis Nash a Revolutionary war General)

Major cities: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville

Admission to union: The 16th State

Date entered the union: June 1, 1796

Origin of state name: Named after the Indian village "Tanasi".

Nicknames: The Volunteer State

Bordering states: Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas

State bird: Mockingbird

State flower: Iris

State tree: Yellow Poplar

Motto: Tennessee - America at its Best


Geographic Landmarks

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The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a full scale replica of the original Greek Parthenon. 

Parthenon is a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena that was built on the Acropolis in Athens between 447 and 438 BC.



Points of Interest

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Nashville is the heart of Country and Western music, and the home of the Grand Old Opry.  


Major Industries

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Tennessee is a major producer of zinc and aluminum. It is also a major producer of hydroelectric power. Agriculture includes tobacco and cotton. Country and Western music and tourism is also a major contributor to the economy.  


Historical Highlights

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Once the hunting grounds for the Cherokee, Creek and Miami tribes in the east, with the Iroquois and Chickasaw in the central and west Tennessee. Tennessee was the birthplace of Davy Crockett. It was also the site of many battles during the Civil War.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Tennessee

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