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The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in northwestern Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake located in Obion and Lake Counties was formed during this earthquake.

Reputed "Turtle Capital of the World," Reelfoot Lake also features thousands of sliders, stinkpots, mud and map turtles.

Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

The legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones, who was killed when his train crashed on April 30, 1900, lived in Jackson.

Oak Ridge was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb. Today, because of constant energy research, it is known as the Energy Capital of the World.

Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves.

The Alex Haley boyhood home in Henning is the first state-owned historic site devoted to African Americans in Tennessee.

Bristol is known as the Birthplace of Country Music.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. The park was named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops these fabled mountains.

Elvis Presley's home called Graceland is located in Memphis. Graceland is the second most visited house in the country.

Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors.

Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union during the Civil War and the first state to be readmitted after the war.

The nation's oldest African-American architectural firm, McKissack and McKissack, is located in Nashville.

The nation's oldest African-American financial institution, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, is located in Nashville.

Robert R. Church, Sr. of Memphis is purported to be the South's first African-American millionaire.

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain in 1968. The museum preserves the motel and tells the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

A replica of The Parthenon, the famous ancient Greek building in Athens, Greece, stands in Nashville's Centennial Park.

The "Guinness Book of World Records" lists the Lost Sea in Sweetwater as the largest underground lake in the United States.

The Cherokee silversmith, Sequoyah, was the only known man in the history of the world to single-handedly develop an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for a Native American people. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore tells his story and is dedicated to the history and culture of Native Americans.

The Watauga Association at Sycamore Shoals near Elizabethton drafted the first constitution ever written by white men in America in 1772. It was patterned after the constitution of the Iroquois League of Nations, a federal system of government developed 200 years earlier for five eastern Native American tribes.

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