One of the state’s most popular tourist attractions is barely a teenager.
The Bicentennial Mall was dedicated for the 200th birthday of the Tennessee, June 1, 1996.
The Mississippi river makes a sharp turn flowing south, then west, at a spot river pilots know as mile 769, and what Tipton County residents know as the dead end of Richardson Landing Road.
Geographers call it a “cutaway bank” as every second millions of gallons of Old Man River strike into the bank, constantly making Richardson Landing Road just a bit shorter. The bank of two hundred years ago is different than the bank of one hundred years ago which is different than the bank of last year which is different from the bank of today. The floods of last May helped the river’s unending sculpting of the bank uncovering a secret May 13- human adult bones. As of now the race and sex is unknown.
By Gayle Crabtree
photos from University of Memphis Libraries, Special Collections
Publisher’s note: Tennessee Moonshine is not just about the prohibition era. Less than a week ago (August 4), 192 gallons were confiscated in Newport in East Tennessee.
The East Tennessee mountains are a sight to behold. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the peace and quiet. At dawn, a soft fog kisses tall mountain peaks. The sky turns a soft orange. Birds sing as the wooded forests come to life. It is everything that you expect the mountains to be.
Out of nowhere the sounds of a hard driven Ford shatter the idyllic stillness. From your cabin you watch a car navigate tight corkscrew curves without hesitation. The driver pushes the car faster and higher up the steep incline and then suddenly disappears, it’s only trace is a settling trail of dust.
In Tennessee, we have places named to honor people …. Jackson, Clarksville and Knoxville.
We have places named from antiquity … Memphis, Paris and Athens
There are places named for geography.. Smokey Mountains, Centerville and Lakeland
But there are also other names which seem to come from someone’s creativity. Like the kind of place a fiction writer would create to give color to a story. Franklin, Greenville and Fairview are wonderful places, but doesn’t EVERY state have those towns?