Women, cast your vote

Trip Start Jan 01, 1975
Trip End Jan 01, 2010

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Thursday, September 30, 1993

My first trip ever to Nashville was as a Junior High student on a field trip to a state capitol in 1952. Odd that we visited Tennessee's capitol rather than Alabama's, where I was in school! Mother made me a new skirt of denim, a cute a-line thing, but a seam ripped on the bus and I had to wear a sweater tied around my waist all day to cover up the hole. That's what I remember most about that trip.

When I lived in Chattanooga, I didn't really go to Nashville much, but brother Craig and I stopped there on my Moving Back trip of 1993, our last capitol stop before the journey's end.

The most fun I ever had in Nashville was in October 1996 after my book "SE Great Trips" came out, when I was a speaker on a Travel Writer's panel at the huge book fair held annually on the capitol grounds. I felt an incredible wave of excitement when I came out of my panel discussion and headed for my pre-assigned book-signing table. There was a line, a long line patiently waiting, standing on the plaza steps, could this be for ME? I ran up the steps to my table, did I bring enough books? Well, huh, there's the table for the travel writers there, the lined-up folks are headed for the table just beside. Kareem Abdul Jabar had just released his book. Ah, the taste of humble pie.

I love Nashville, everything about it. But, the capitol is kind of tacky gray and the Cumberland River makes not as fine an appearance as the mighty Tennessee in Chattanooga. Still, the history and the music make it top-notch in my book. And the facts about the capitol? Read on, please. Very interesting.

Tennessee was the SIXTEENTH state.
Date: June 1, 1796
State Nickname: Volunteer State
Key Words: rejoin, women's vote, Hermitage, Opry, Parthenon, Upper Room

The beautiful marble staircase in this capitol is nicked with bullet holes. After the Civil War, the legislature met to deal with an important matter. But they didn't want to! They tried to leave the building, but the governor told the guard to FIRE if they didn't return to their seats. He fired, they voted, and Tennessee became the first Southern state to rejoin the Union, on July 24, 1866.

Another important event took place here, when young Henry Burn cast the deciding vote that made Tennessee the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment. That was 1920, and it gave women the right to vote. His mother, a prominent businesswoman, advised him what he'd better do!

Nashville is a city of diversity - from Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to the Grand Old Opry; from the giant statue of Athena in the Parthenon to the largest wood carving in the world of The Last Supper in The Upper Room Chapel.

Nashville, Tennessee
Population 545,915
Elevation 440
Eastern and central time zones
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