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.

Music City

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.

Nashville, Nash-Vegas, Smashville

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.

Nashville, Nash-Vegas, Smashville

I love all the neon signs and couldn’t help but make pictures of them.

Nashville, Nash-Vegas

Nashville, Nash-Vegas

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.

Nashville, Nash-Vegas

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.

Nashville, Nashvegas

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.

Nashville, Nash-Vegas

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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  1. It’s on my bucket list to visit Nashville! Looks wonderful and sounds like you had a great time. Awesome photos!

  2. I went to college in Nashville and lived there for about 6 years after graduation. Great town and middle Tennessee is beautiful.

  3. I haven’t been to Nashville, Nana…hopefully one day I will..

  4. What an awesome opportunity to go to Nashville, I have heard from family it is such a fun place to go. Love all your photos, I hope you were out at night to see all the neon lite up!
    Thanks for hosting, have a lovely week!

  5. What fun! We fell in love with Pigeon Forge, TN as a vacation spot but haven’t made it as far as Nashville yet. It’s on our list.

  6. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    Pigeon Forge is great too! Thanks for stopping by NanaHood!

  7. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    Thanks Karren, it is fun!

  8. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    Good, I hope you do and thank you for stopping by NanaHood!

  9. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    How cool! Which college? I went to Lipscomb for one semester!

  10. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    It’s a great place to visit Jeanne! Hope you make it soon!

  11. What a beautiful place. That is one city I would love to visit. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  12. Looks like you had a good time.

  13. Nashville looks like a fun place


  14. I keep hearing so many good things about Nashville! I really need to go! I didn’t know the city is known by so many names. The Nashvegas one is a bit odd.

  15. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    It’s a great city and so many fun things to do!

  16. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    Hey Molly! It is a very fun place!

  17. teresak 22 Aug, 2017

    Most definitely!

  18. Oh ! I love your photos of a city I definitely want to visit some day!

  19. I’ve never really found that much to do in Nashville, but I always love looking at the signs. You have some great shots in this post! 🙂

    With Love,

  20. I visited Nashville many years ago. I don’t recognize the newer buildings in your photos. I do like the old signs and neon.

  21. teresak 24 Aug, 2017

    It’s really changed!

  22. teresak 24 Aug, 2017

    Great places to eat, Predators games, concerts, Country Music Hall of Fame. Historical buildings. Tons to do!

  23. teresak 24 Aug, 2017

    It’s a great place! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Have always wanted to visit Nashville . I hear they greet you at the airport with some music too

  25. teresak 27 Aug, 2017

    That’s true! They do play music at the airport! Hope you will come back and visit again!

  26. I also love tagging along on business trips. It’s a great way to see different cities. And Nashville – that’s one city of rock and roll isn’t it?

  27. teresak 30 Aug, 2017

    Yes it is! Rock on!