Nashville – A City of Many Names
Nashville, Nashvegas, Music City, Smashville: whatever you call it, it is a fun place to visit!
What’s in a name? A whole lot of you are the city of Nashville and you are referred to by many different monikers! So what is the story of Nashville and it’s many names?
The city of Nashville was founded by a party of Wataugans and James Robertson in 1779. It was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash. Because of its prime location and accessibility as a river port it grew very rapidly.
The only reason I could find for the name Nashvegas is because according to Urban Dictionary some people think it’s a “flashy and shallow city.” Personally I like the flashy part and I’m not sure how a city can be shallow.
In 1950 when a WSM Disc Jockey, David Cobb referred to it on the air as “Music City” and the name stuck. Now it’s home to numerous country music stars. To read more about its musical history you can click here.
If you are wondering why I refer to it as Smashville you obviously aren’t a hockey fan. There’s a good explanation of how the term came about in an article in a Nashville newspaper that you can read about here.
My husband had a business meeting in Nashville and I tagged along. It’s only about two hours south of where we live. I visit the city fairly frequently but recently they have had a huge growth spurt. It’s changed so much it doesn’t even look like the same city.
One thing that hasn’t changed is what we refer to as “The Batman Building.” This isn’t the best angle but it’s the only shot I could get of it from where I stood. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel and this was made as we were walking down the street to dinner.
I love all the neon signs and couldn’t help but make pictures of them.
This is the restaurant we dined at on Wednesday night. The food was amazing and Bill enjoyed talking shop (health care) with his associates. While I’m not a health care provider, the lady sitting to my left was a wife and mom and we found we had many things in common.
This is on the wall in the Palm Restaurant, close to the Ladies’ Room. While I was looking at this and making pictures a young man went in the women’s room. I stood there wondering and watching. Within a few seconds he came bursting out exclaiming, “There’s no urinals in there!”
“No, and there’s a good reason for that,” I said. “It’s the women’s bathroom.”
“Why didn’t you tell me?” he said.
“Because you didn’t ask me!” I answered.
The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville is home to the Predators and a great venue for concerts. Upcoming events include: Katy Perry, Foo Fighters, Kenny Rogers and Guns and Roses.
If you are traveling through Tennessee I hope you will make a stop in Nashville, Nash-Vegas, Music City, Smashville, or whatever you want to call it. You will love it!
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