Today we toured all of Nashville, the Capital of Tennessee. Starting with the Capital Building.
Went to the Nashville Parthenon which is the world’s only full scale replica of the one in ancient Greece. The ancient Parthenon, built in 438 BCE (Before the Common Error) was a temple to the goddess Athena, protector and patron goddess of Athens.
Nashville’s Parthenon was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial celebration. At that time Nashville’s nickname was “The Athens of the South”. The first floor was an art exhibit, the second had the goddess Athena.
If you remember your mythology, Athena sprang as the fully grown warrior from the head of her father, Zeus.
In her right hand is Nike, the shoe guy. Actually, Nike is a girl, the Goddess of Victory.
Na Nana Na Na!
Barbara says no, but I think she has a toe fungus.
Saw the “circle of butts”, I guess it’s art.
We next went to the shop of the TV show “American Pickers”. It looked like junk to me.
What was interesting, is that the shop is located in the old Marathon Automobile factory.
The factory building takes up the whole block, plus half a block across the street. It now houses other antique shops, which seemed to have less junk than the Pickers.
As you walk through the Marathon building you can observe the various machines used to build the cars.
The Marathon Motor Works manufactured automobiles from 1907 to 1914. The car was developed by William Collier, an eccentric inventor who lived in Jackson, Tennessee. From 1907 to 1910 he produced about 400 cars. But in 1910 a group of Nashville financiers led by Maxwell House Hotel owner Augustus Robinson bought out the company and brought it to Nashville. They were the only company to completely manufacture the automobile in the South.
On the top floor of the building are 5 of the only 8 Marathon automobiles left.
As a result of over expansion and short supplies as a result of the World War, the company declared bankruptcy in 1914.
Went to the top of Tootsies for a nice view of Broadway.
The party goes on all day long.
My favorite was B.B. Kings, where we went to dinner for their “lip smacking” ribs.