When Nashville had 25 streetcar lines

In 1937, local transportation planner Adams Carroll discovered that our city had 25 streetcar lines for just 200,000 people:

Now, there are over 600,000 people in Nashville (excluding other counties in the metro area) and zero streetcar lines.  By 2035, projections estimate that there will be over 7.5 thousand people in Davidson County, and nMotion’s plan is hoping to be opening up four streetcar or trolley lines around that time.

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Nashville’s public pools during the Civil Rights Movement

Erin Tocknell, who grew up in Nashville some years after the Civil Rights Movement, wrote an excellent piece about the turmoil surrounding the integration of Nashville’s public swimming pools:

It had taken the Parks Board — a public/private governing entity — roughly 48 hours to decide how to handle the juxtaposition of public swimming and the Civil Rights Movement: Every public pool in Nashville was closed that afternoon, all of them drained and winterized by the end of the week. The citywide swim meet scheduled for that Friday was cancelled, 150 trophies for young competitors put in storage. All public swimming pools remained closed until 1963.

Centennial’s never reopened.

Bitter Southerner published the feature article, which is worth a read.

Earlier: Centennial Park to Host Art Show for Black History Month

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BNA celebrates 79 years

On this day in 1937, Nashville International Airport opened its runways to the growing air-bound public.  Only then, it wasn’t called that; it was named Berry Field Nashville Airport, thus the airport code BNA:

It wasn’t too long before the military requisitioned the airport for air support operations in World War II, however.  They were nice enough to expand the airport during this time, at least, and at the end of the war, they returned it to the city.

The airport was officially renamed to Nashville International Airport/Berry Field in 1988, but you hardly ever see the “Berry Field” part used anymore.

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Union Station, 1899

In 1899, promoters of the yet-to-be-built Union Station released this drawing:

Now that Nashville doesn’t have passenger train service (save for a lone commuter rail line), the station was saved from demolition by being converted into a swanky hotel.  That does mean, however, that it’d be harder to restore Amtrak service to the city.

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