When I arrived in Nashville it was a wet, drizzly afternoon. It stayed that way until I left. The rain stopped a few times long enough to get some photos. A local talent, Pat Monahan of Train, was appearing at the Ryman Auditorium (Grand Old Opry). So I had to take a photo of the poster, but the light flashback off the glass made it impossible to put here.
In the morning I found myself in Memphis and looking for Graceland. I stopped at a convenience store to ask directions and was answered by the blankest of stares imaginable. When I told the clerk that it was the Elvis Presley Estate, she said, "I don't know." A nice black woman, who overheard this conversation, told me to drive down the road until I was a couple of miles out of the city, and it would be on the left. She was right. When I got to Graceland, the Gate guard told me to park across the highway. So I went to the parking lot and was told it was closed. So I went back to the Graceland side and parked in the bus stop. The photos speak for themselves.

Nashville at night

The Capitol

Andrew Jackson statue by the capitol

Andrew Jackson

The Mall from capitol hill

A tribute to the Arts

The Tennessee Liberty Bell replica
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

Central Station

The Veitnam Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Grand Old Opry

The gate to Graceland

The wall with thousands of names

The grounds

The mansion

May he rest in peace

A gift from friends

Tha gardens

The Pyramid in Memphis

Music is "Rocky Top"

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