6 quirky facts about Tennessee (#6 wouldn't let me sleep!)
is remarkably long and narrow, and it's bordered by eight other states:
Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas,
and Missouri. The Mississippi River forms the western border, and the
Appalachian Mountains fill much of the eastern part of the state.
2. During the
Civil War, the state provided more soldiers for the Union army than any other
southern state and more for the Confederate army than any other state. It was
the first state readmitted to the Union at the end of the war (and had been
occupied by Union forces since 1862).
happened in too many states, various disenfranchisement laws passed after
Reconstruction excluded most blacks and many poor whites from voting until
these laws were challenged and changed during the Civil Rights movement of the
mid 20th century.
4. The 20th
century saw many other changes as the state transitioned from having an economy
based on agriculture. The development of the city of Oak Ridge, created to help
build the first atom bomb, was a huge boost to the diversification of the
5. The Great
Smoky Mountains National Park (which is the most visited national park in the
US), is headquartered in the eastern part of the state (a section of the
Appalachian Trail follows the state line between Tennessee and North Carolina
as it passes through the park).
(and Kentucky) fall into two time zones, Eastern and Central. This can wreak
havok as one passes through the state (which is why I was up an hour earlier
than I needed to be this morning).