When you think of Tennessee you may picture mountains, trees, southern history, country music, and probably even rednecks. While most of these, if not all are accurate (ha) the great state of Tennessee actually has a much wider range of coolness to offer. Just take a look for yourself.
The following is a list of 30 fun facts that you more than likely didn’t know existed about the state of Tennessee.
#1. The state took on it’s name as ‘The Volunteer State’ for its participation in the Battle of New Orleans. More National Guard members from Tennessee actually fought in the war than any other state.
#2. Sweetwater, TN is home to the largest underground lake in the United States, and the second largest non subglacial underground lake in the entire world. This amazing body of water ranges for 13 acres with no end in sight. Talk about sweet.
#3. The world’s shortest highway tunnel is located right here in the state, more specifically in Shady Valley.
#4. Moonpies were created in a Chattanooga bakery in the early 1900’s.
#5. The only freshwater pearl farm in North America resides in Camden, TN.
#6. The first patented miniature golf course was formed in Chattanooga in 1927 to piggyback off the traffic from one of the only hotels in the area.
#7. When the Millenium Manner was build by William Nicholson in 1938, the intent was for the building to last for at least 1,000 years. So far, so good.
#8. With over 7,000 residing animals of all species, Tennessee is home to the largest freshwater aquarium in the entire world.
#9. The world’s largest artificial skiing resort resides in Gatlinburg. The Ober ski resort can be accessed no matter what time of the year it is.
#10. Here’s a good one that almost anyone may recognize: After tasting a cup of coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel, Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good until the last drop.” Now you know what those commercials that aired decades ago were inspired by.
#11. Now this is a downright crazy one: It’s actually against the law in Tennessee for kids to hold hands as it can be taken and a gateway for sexual activity.
#12. The next time you want to satisfy your hunger with the help of a Snickers bar, thank the Nashville candy company for their idea for combining candy with their popular mouth-watering Goo-Goo Clusters in 1912.
#13. Are you a Mountain Dew fanatic? The neon colored syrup was invented in Knoxville in the 1930’s as a new drink to mix with whiskey.
#14. The ever popular event “Bonnaroo” is one of the largest festivals in the world, and takes place in Manchester on a 500 acres of farmland.
#15. The Fed ex headquarters is located in Memphis and is responsible for 50% of all ground shipping in the United States.
#16. For all you cotton candy lovers out there, show Nashville your appreciation. Many decades ago in 1897, John C. Wharton and William Morrison invented a method of spinning heated sugar. They eventually names this tasty creation “fairy floss.”
#17. Many famous idols including musicians and actors of our time hail from Tennessee including Kathy Bates, Morgan Freeman, Aretha Franklin, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and many more.
#18. The first bottling rights for Coca Cola were bought for $1.00 in Chattanooga, which was home to the first bottling facility in the county.
#19. Started in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has been the longest live running radio broadcast in the entire world.
#20. The founder of the first Cracker Barrell was from Smithville and built the first establishment in Lebanon.
#21. James Davis from Livingston, TN was the first American to be killed during the Vietnam War.
#22. In a tie with Missouri, Tennessee is bordered by more states than any of the others.
#23. Nashville is frequently addressed as the country music capital, but the actual birthplace is Bristol.
#24. Columbia, TN is the mule capital of the world, and hosts events such as the Mule Day Parade that attracts thousands of people.
#25. Here’s a fascinating one: There is a bar called Patrick’s Bar & Grill that is located smack dab on the Tennessee/ Georgia state line. The line divides the bar and restaurant areas in half due to the fact that this party of Georgia is a dry country.
#26. At the Green County Courthouse located in Greeneville, TN, the one and only monument in America resides that honors both sides of soldiers from the Union and Confederacy.
#27. In the council chambers of Trenton City Hall, the world’s largest teapot collection resides, consisting of 525 rare pots donated by Frederick C. Freed.
#28. Fitting right in with the name of the area, a 7 foot tall Eiffel Tower replica is housed in Paris, TN.
#29. Knoxville became know as the first dumpster city in 1937 after the first dumpsters were created in 1935. Believe it or not, this was a trend that was caught onto fast and became implemented quickly in other areas.
#30. Until 1916, Piggly Wiggly in Memphis allowed customers to come in and do their own shopping which had never before been possible.