Everyone knows Nashville is the home of country music, but there are some surprising facts about the city that even those who were born and raised there might not know. Keeping reading for five fun facts about the Music City that you never knew.
1. Theodore Roosevelt Coined Maxwell House Coffee’s Slogan
You may think Maxwell House Coffee’s slogan, “Good to the last drop,” was thought up by some creative marketer. However, the company says President Theodore Roosevelt actually deserves credit for the slogan. When he was staying in Nashville in 1907, he proclaimed the local coffee was “good to the last drop.” The company liked the saying and decided to use it as its famous slogan.
2. Home of the First Combination Candy Bar
The next time you take a satisfying bite of a Snickers or a Milky Way, thank the Standard Candy Co. in Nashville. In 1912, this company’s Goo Goo Cluster was the first combination candy bar ever invented. A Goo Goo Cluster consists of marshmallow nougat, caramel, and fresh roasted peanuts covered with milk chocolate. You can still enjoy this tasty candy today since the Standard Candy Co. factory produces around 20,000 Goo Goo Clusters in an hour.
3. The Only Scale Replica of the Greek Parthenon
You don’t usually picture Nashville when you think of Greek mythology, but travel to Centennial Park and you’ll find the only exact replica of the Parthenon in the world. The monument was originally built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition. Today it houses an art museum with 63 paintings from 19th and 20th century American artists. Inside you’ll also see a 42-foot-tall statue of Athena, which is the largest indoor statue in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Home to the First Seeing-Eye Dog Organization
Morris Frank often felt frustrated by his lack of independence and mobility as a blind person. It wasn’t until he read an article about dogs being trained in Switzerland as guides for blinded veterans that he began to think the same program would work in the United States. He wrote the author of the article, Dorothy Harrison Eustis, for assistance, and she agreed to help him learn about her training techniques in Switzerland.
In 1928, Frank returned to the U.S. with his seeing-eye dog, Buddy, and founded The Seeing Eye Inc. in Nashville. Today the organization continues to help thousands of people gain self-confidence and independence with their own seeing-eye dog.
5. Elvis Recorded More Than 260 Songs in RCA Studio B
The fact that Elvis recorded around 260 songs in the historic RCA Studio B is special enough, but if you take one of the tours, you might notice the blue, green, and red lights in the studio. This goes back to a muggy and hot July when Elvis was trying to finish one of his Christmas albums. He couldn’t get in the Christmas spirit, so the crew changed the lights to holiday colors to help him.
With these fun facts about Nashville, you can see why it’s one of the most popular cities in the country.