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Everyone knows Nashville for its music and history but there are many other things that make Nashville famous too, everything from sports to food and candy.

Test your Nashville knowledge with these questions (highlight to see the answer):


Q: What company founded the Grand Ole Opry?
A: National Life and Accident Insurance Company

Q: What year was the Opry founded?
A: 1925

Q: What was the Opry's original name?
A: The WSM Barn Dance

Q: The Opry airs on WSM radio. What does the "WSM" stand for?
A: National Life & Accident's slogan- "We Shield Millions"

Q: What music venue in Nashville is known as the Mother Church of Country Music?
A: The Ryman Auditorium

Q: What amount was on the price tag of Minnie Pearl's hat?
A: $1.98

Q: Who was the "King of Country"?
A: Roy Acuff

Q: What country music entertainer is also in the sausage business?
A: Jimmy Dean

Q: Kitty Wells is known as the "Queen of Country Music", what is her real name?
A: Muriel Ellen Deason

Q: Who is known as "Mr. Guitar" and also ran a famous Nashville studio?
A: Chet Atkins

Q: What Nashville musician had a guitar-shaped swimming pool?
A: Webb Pierce

Q: Who became famous as the featured female singer on Porter Wagoner's show and now has her own theme park in the Smokey Mountains?
A: Dolly Parton

Q: What popular female singer started out as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame? (Hint: She's certainly 'walking away a winner' with her outstanding career)
A: Kathy Mattea

Q: What singer used to wash dishes at the Nashville Palace and is credited as beginning the movement of 'new traditionalists'?
A: Randy Travis

Q: In which Nashville studio did Elvis record more than 200 of his songs?
A: RCA's Studio B

Q: Where can you currently find Elvis's gold Cadillac and piano?
A: Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Q: Portions of 16th and 17th Avenue South are known as what Nashville area?
A: Music Row

Q: According to the Lovin' Spoonful, how many guitar pickers are there in Nashville?
A: 1,352

Q: What hero from the American Revolutionary War was Nashville named after?
A: Francis Nash

Q: Which 2 U.S. Presidents lived in the Nashville area?
A: Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk

Q: What is the name of the 7th President's home?
A: The Hermitage

Q: On what Eve was Nashville founded?
A: Christmas Eve

Q: After drinking a cup of locally produced coffee in Nashville, which U.S. President coined the phrase 'good to the last drop'?
A: President Theodore Roosevelt

Q: A now famous coffee brand got its start in a Nashville hotel with the same name. What was the name of the hotel?
A: Maxwell House Hotel

Q: What is Nashville's most famous nickname?
A: Music City

Q: What well-known Nashville university was saved from bankruptcy in the 1870s by a singing group?
A: Fisk University. Fisk's Jubilee Singers went on worldwide singing tours that raised the money to put their school on solid financial ground. More than a century later Fisk is still going strong as one of Nashville's most prominent centers for higher education.

Q: What famous Nashville candy is made of chocolate, caramel, marshmallows and peanuts?
A: Goo Goo's

Q: Name the Greek goddess who stands more than 40 feet tall (making her the largest indoor statue in the Western world) and in what city building she resides.
A: Athena in the Parthenon (in Centennial Park)

Q: What famous Nashville athlete won 3 track and field gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games?
A: Wilma Rudolph, a Tennessee State University Alum

Even more fun facts about Nashville!
Nashville could have been known as the Printing Capitol of the World. As late as the 1960s, Nashville was home to over 36 Printing Companies and many other businesses which supported and supplied the massive industry. These companies were located in an area of downtown known as Printers Alley which today is one of Nashville's top nightlife areas.

Airmail Originated in Nashville. John Lillard knew people would pay if he could find a way to move the mail faster. He had the first air mail stamp issued in 1877 for balloon service. Although his dream was deflated he was happily vindicated when the first practical air mail service departed from Nashville on July 29, 1924 in an airplane.

• A Nashvillian gave the American flag its most famous nickname. When Captain William Driver retired after a life on the sea in 1837 he brought home his trusty flag which he affectionately called "Old Glory".

• Nashville was the first city in the U.S. to have an African-American owned and operated savings bank in 1904. The One Cent Savings Bank is still in operation today, now known as Citizen's Savings Bank and Trust.

• The only American to become president of another country was a Nashvillian. William Walker, known as the "grey-eyed man of destiny", tried to unite all of Central America into one country. He became president of Nicaragua in 1856 but he was unfortunately shot by a firing squad in Honduras while attempting to make himself president of that country.

• The first African-American artist to be honored with a one-man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York was also from Nashville. Will Edmonson was born around 1883 to former slaves. He worked as a railroad and hospital laborer until 1931 when he began to produce primitive limestone carvings of animals, angels, Biblical characters and even celebrities without any formal training. Photographs of his work by Louise Dahl-Wolfe appeared in Harper's Bazaar which led to his historic 1937 exhibit in New York.

• The first American winner of the English Derby was a Nashville horse. On June 1, 1881 a horse by the name of Iroquois, who was later purchased by the Belle Meade Plantation, won the English Derby. Nashville still honors this famous thoroughbred by hosting the annual Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase on the second Saturday in May. Iroquois was not the only winning horse produced from Belle Meade. Other modern day champions including Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Foolish Pleasure can trace their bloodlines to Bonnie Scotland, a famous Belle Meade stud.

• The Seeing Eye Dog was introduced to the U.S. by a Nashvillian. Morris Frank, who was blinded by two accidents, was a Vanderbilt student when a news vendor told him of a story which had appeared in the Saturday Evening Post written by an owner of an experimental breeding station for German shepherds in Switzerland, Dorothy Eustis. Frank traveled to Europe for training and returned to the states in 1928 with his new guide dog, Buddy. Frank and Buddy proved to a skeptical American public that the blind could regain their independence through trained guide dogs. In 1929, Eustis, Frank and others established The Seeing Eye, Inc. in Nashville. (Note: The Seeing Eye, Inc. later relocated to New Jersey for climate reasons.)

• The Bible Belt runs through Nashville. At one time, the city of Nashville was said to have had a higher ratio of churches to people than any other American city.