Thursday, January 5

Facts about Tennessee

Tennessee Facts

Learn facts about Tennessee for kids.

Have you ever taken a vacation to Tennessee before? Maybe you already live there. Whichever it may be, you can learn some fun facts about Tennessee right here; just continue to read on. I love learning fun facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would love to share some cool, fun facts with you! Each Thursday, I will post fun facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done alphabetically (ABC) order! Last week, we posted facts about South Dakota. This week, we are posting cool facts about Tennessee. You will learn about Tennessee's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on, and there are just eight (8) more states to blog about! 

Here's a quick history lesson: Tennessee, the sixteenth (16th) state to join the union, officially became a part of the United States on June 1, 1796. It's located in the Upper Southern region and is bordered by eight (8) states: Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri. Despite being the thirty-sixth (36th) largest state, it's home to a whopping 7,051,338 people!

Did you know that the United States's population is estimated to be about 334,240,213 people? That is a lot of people living in the U.S.A.


Tennessee famous person alert:

Did you know that Wilma Glodean Rudolph was born in Bethlehem, Tennessee? Wilma Glodean Rudolph was an Olympic champion, teacher, and local television host. To learn more about Wilma Glodean Rudolph, CLICK HERE

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Facts about Tennessee:

1. Tennessee is a treasure trove of unique features. It's known for the majestic Great Smoky Mountains, the soulful country and blues music, and the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Some of the nicknames for Tennessee are the Volunteer State, Little Chicago, and the Big Bend State. The Tennessee state motto is “Agriculture and Commerce”. This motto, adopted in 1987, reflects the state's rich agricultural and commercial heritage. The abbreviation for Tennessee is TN.

2. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. It officially became the capital in 1843 and has an estimated population of about 703,950 people.

Let's look closer at Tennessee's state bird, the Northern Mockingbird. This gray-and-white beauty was chosen in 1933. Click here to see pictures and learn more about this fascinating bird!

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4. The official state flower of Tennessee is the Iris. The Iris is a perennial flowering (wildflower) plant that can be found growing in various places throughout the state. It starts blooming in April and May and is purple in color!! The Iris became the official state flower in 1973.

5. Tennessee's current state flag was officially adopted on April 17, 1905. It has a red background with a small white stripe and a more prominent blue stripe. In the center of the flag, a blue circle with three white stars inside it is surrounded by a white border.

6. Apples, corn, cotton, hay, peaches, soybeans, and wheat are some of the crops grown in Tennessee.

7. Some cool places to visit in Tennessee are Dollywood, Graceland, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

8. Animals that live in Tennessee are coyotes, bats, groundhogs, rattlesnakes, and squirrels. 

9. Tennessee can get very hot or cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tennessee was 113 degrees Fahrenheit in Perryville, Tennessee, on August 9, 1930. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Tennessee was -32 degrees (32 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Mountain City, Tennessee, on December 30, 1917.



Do you have a fascinating fact about Tennessee that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you!

Facts about Tennessee



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Books about Tennessee:

1. The Little Orange T by George Bove

2. V is for Volunteer A Tennessee Alphabet by Michael Shoulders

3. I'm Reading About Tennessee by Carole Marsh

4. Good Night Nashville by Adam Gamble

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You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the posts from all 50 states in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some cool facts about Texas! Thank you for taking the time to learn by reading my blog post!! "Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." Albert Einstein

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  1. I learned quite a lot about Tennessee. The flower is beautiful.
    I was briefly there in 1973. I remember how green and plush the grass looked. The flowers were amazing.

    1. Thank you for reading! I hope you learned something new. Sounds like a great place to visit.


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