Fun Facts About Music City

As you enjoy the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, here are a few tidbits of information you may find of interest during your trip to Music City.

Did you know…

That the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an architectural wonder in itself. One side of the building is a RKO-style radio tower while the main building, with windows resembling a piano keyboard, ends in a Cadillac tailfin-style flourish.

The President Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop,” words that became a national slogan, after sipping coffee at Maxwell House Hotel. The coffee was a local product of the Cheek family. Their family home is now Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

Nashville’s Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world? She stands an impressive 42 feet high in the temple of the Parthenon.

Belle Meade Plantation was famous for breeding thoroughbred horses. Iroquois, bred at the Belle Meade Farm, was the first American horse to win the English Derby. In addition to Iroquois, though, there were two other famous horses that can trace their lineage back to Belle Meade: Seabiscuit and War Admiral, both made popular again by the 2001 best-selling novel. Four generations removed, the 1930s horses were descendents of the sires of Bonnie Scotland, Belle Meade’s prize horse, making the family rivalry at the Plantation run deep.

**Thanks to NCBA for these fun facts**

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Author:Sarah Farlee

Director of Marketing and Special Projects for High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal.

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