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Each week on the Junior Curators blog, we travel back in time to a different place in Tennessee history. Stories may be about a famous person, place or event from Tennessee’s past. They will include things like priceless artifacts, pictures, videos, and even some games. Be sure to better understand the story by answering the questions at the end of each post.
After learning the story, be sure to share what you've learned with your parents, family, or friends. Try making your own exhibit about it, shooting a movie, or writing a story about it. Let your creativity run wild!
by Lauren Grizzard
Did You Know? 5 Weird Tennessee Facts
1. The city of Kingston was one of the four cities that served as State Capital. What made this one interesting? It was only Capital for ONE day before a vote was taken to move back to Knoxville.
2. The soda Mountain Dew was created in Tennessee in the 1940s!
3. Reelfoot Lake was created by a series of earthquakes in the 1800s. The earthquakes were so powerful, it caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards! The design for this boat was made specifically for Reelfoot Lake due to submerged trees and stumps.
4. Why is Tennessee called the Volunteer State? The name came from so many soldiers volunteering for the War of 1812. Bonus Question: What year did the War of 1812 take place? Hint: Don’t over think it! Historians don’t always get creative with titles. Find the answer at the bottom of the post.
5. Sweetwater, Tennessee is home to the largest recorded underground lake in the United States called The Lost Sea! You visit the lake and even go out in a glass bottom boat!
Yep. The War of 1812 was in 1812. We told you not to overthink it!
To learn more, you can visit the following websites:
Kingston as the Capital: http://www.tn4me.org/sapage.cfm/sa_id/166/era_id/4/major_id/21/minor_id/64/a_id/186
Mountain Dew History: https://contact.pepsico.com/mtndew/article/when-was-mountain-dew-invented-how-did-it-get-its-name
Reelfoot Lake: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/info/reelfoot-lake
Volunteer State Name: https://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entries/volunteer-state/
The Lost Sea: https://thelostsea.com/history/
Lauren Grizzard is the Scheduling Coordinator at The Tennessee State Museum.