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The Court Houses of Middle Tennessee

The county court house historically has served as the central focus of legal and governmenal affairs in all of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The 41 court houses in Middle Tennessee, several dating back to antebellum years (the oldest, in Charlotte, built in 1833) and many listed on the National Register of Historic Places, comprise a remarkable variety of styles—from the simple structure in Clay County built in 1873 to the intricate Italianate building in Coffee County, also built in 1873, to the 1930s Art Deco style in Nashville, to the majestic domed edifice in Giles County,  the beautiful mountain-stone exterior of Pickett County, the Second-Empire style of Smith County, all the way to the stark modernistic design of Wayne County. Most were originally built in the town square of the county seat, although some have been relocated elsewhere. A few of the buildings are not really remarkable at all, at least visually. All have interesting histories.

"Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!

The hero of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the first naval officer to hold the rank of full Admiral was born a landlubber in Tennessee. A memorial in Farragut, Tenn. honors his accomplishments.

National D-Day Memorial at Bedford

The National D-Day Memorial near Bedford, Va., commemorates the landing of the Allies on the Normandy, France beaches on June 6, 1944, the beginning of the massive campaign to wrest Europe from the Nazis. The strike was labeled Operation Overlord. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, chief of the Allied forces, told the troops they were embarking on a great crusade with the eyes of the world upon them. “We will accept nothing less than full victory!”

Showdown on the Frozen Tundra

The strange, weird NFL football game that wasn’t supposed to be necessary, played under brutal conditions, and decided in overtime predicated on a kick that will forever be debated.

 

Aloft in a World War Two Heavy Bomber

Take a ride up in the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" as we cruise over Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ten video links included.

 

George Rogers Clark National Monument

The most impressive monument you’ve never seen, located in an historic town you haven’t visited, honoring an American hero you’ve never heard of.

 

Running with the Trench Nerds

Traveling to exotic locales and tromping up mountains, sloshing through lowlands, slashing through impenetrable thickets on an epic quest to ... examine piles of dirt?

 

Lindbergh Takes Off

On May 20, 1927 at 7:52 a.m., Charles Lindbergh in his Spirit of St. Louis airplane took off at Roosevelt Field on Long Island in an attempt to fly across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris, France. What does the runway look like today? 

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. pays homage to  the 1.8 million Americans who served and the 36,913 American soldiers who died during the Korean War.

 

US Grant Memorial

One of the most magnificent and least appreciated examples of realistic wartime sculpture is that of General Ulysses S. Grant in front of the U.S. Capitol. The sculptor worked 20 years to perfect his masterpiece but died two weeks before the formal dedication.

 

National Naval Aviation Museum

View 70 examples of naval aircraft housed at the national museum in Pensacola, Florida, including the F-16 Tomcat, Douglas Skytrain, Consolidated PBY Catalina, Lockheed Neptune, Grumman A-6 Intruder, McDonnell F-4 Phantom II, a Soviet MiG-15, and many more, including pre-war aircraft.

Blue Angels Memorial

On June 2, 2016, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss lost his life in a tragic accident while flying Blue Angel No. 6 in practice for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna.

 

The Curious War of 1812

Illustrated report of the symposium on the effects of the War of 1812 and the Creek War upon their bicentennial, plus a driving tour of related historic sites in Tennessee.

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