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L and C tower

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Union Station

“The outstanding event in Nashville in 1900 was the dedication , on October 9, of the new Union Station built by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad company (L. & N.) and the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway (N.C. & St. L.). Land had been broken for the station on August 1, 1898, with appropriate cermonies, and since that time Nashvillians had watched the growth of the giant building at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets. Romanesque in design, built of Bowling Green grey stone with a slate roof, the station loomed large and impressive in the central city.”

Nashville 1900-1910, William Waller ed.

Around 1915

Union Station and Railyards


Anyone remember around 1979, the scaffolds and pigeon mess?

What was UGF?
UGF means United Givers Fund   – they drove  us  crazy back in the fifties
wanting contributions – Jim Stevens
UGF – United Givers Fund – Tom Pugh
Thanks Guys!

Union Station Railyard around 1950

Way of the Zephyrs
Silver Meteor
The Chief
Famous Daily Steamliner

Union Station Lunch Counter

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The Parthenon

The Parthenon 1942

Thanks to Andy Evans for the Pictures

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Tennessee State Capitol

After spending some time in Jonesboro and Murfreesboro, the seat of government for the state of Tennessee finally came to rest in Nashville.

The first capitol building was used from 1812 to 1815 and was located on the site of
what is now Hume Fogg school.

Capitol hill, Charlotte Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, was purchased in 1844 by the city of Nashville from Judge G. W. Campbell for $30,000.
Alternately known as Campbell’s Hill and Cedar Knob, this area had been the burial place for earlier Indian inhabitants.

A commission was formed in 1845 and after sorting through many submissions from architects, a design by William Strickland was decided upon.

From Harper’s Weekly, Supplement, June 11, 1887

In the early 1960’s by the look of the cars. ->Click here for larger view<-


-Photo By and In Memory of Richard L. Person, Sr.

Photo from Union Occupation. I saw somewhere that one of the statues seen in this picture is in someone’s yard now.

The irony of this bill is that when it was minted the capitol of Tennessee was under Union occupation.

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Our Capitol was featured on the can of coffee.

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Tennessee State Prison


Tennessee State Prison is a prison in Tennessee that has been closed since 1989. The Green Mile, The Last Castle, Pillar‘s “Bring Me Down” video were also filmed there. Most recently VH1‘s Celebrity Paranormal Project filmed there for the third episode of the series called The Warden.

The proposed prison design called for the construction of a fortress-like structure patterned after the penitentiary at Auburn, New York, made famous for the lockstep marching, striped prisoner uniforms, nighttime solitary confinement, and daytime congregate work under strictly enforced silence. The new Tennessee prison contained 800 small cells, each designed to house a single inmate. In addition, an administration building and other smaller buildings for offices, warehouses, and factories were built within the twenty-foot (6.15m)high, three-foot (1 m) thick rock walls. The plan also provided for a working farm outside the walls and mandated a separate system for younger offenders to isolate them from older, hardened criminals.

Construction costs for this second Tennessee State Penitentiary exceeded US$500,000 (US$12.3 million in 2007 dollars), not including the price of the land. The prison’s 800 cells opened to receive prisoners on February 12, 1898, and that day admitted 1,403 prisoners, creating immediate overcrowding. To a greater or lesser extent, overcrowding persisted throughout the next century. The original Tennessee State Penitentiary on Church Street was demolished later that year, and salvageable materials were used in the construction of outbuildings at the new facility, creating a physical link from 1830 to the present.

Every convict was expected to defray a portion of the cost of incarceration by performing physical labor. Within two years, inmates worked up to sixteen hours per day for meager rations and unheated, unventilated sleeping quarters. The State also contracted with private companies to operate factories inside the prison walls using convict labor.

The Tennessee State Penitentiary had its share of problems. In 1902, seventeen prisoners blew out the end of one wing of the prison, killing one inmate and allowing the escape of two others who were never recaptured. Later, a group of inmates seized control of the segregated white wing and held it for eighteen hours before surrendering. In 1907 several convicts commandeered a switch engine and drove it through a prison gate. In 1938 inmates staged a mass escape. Several serious fires ignited at the penitentiary, including one that destroyed the main dining room. Riots occurred in 1975 and 1985. – Wikipedia

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