Fascinating Historic Photos Of Nashville, TN From 19th And 20th Century

Nashville is the capital and most populous city in Tennessee, founded in 1779. After the American Civil War, the town developed as a manufacturing and shipping base due to its strategic location as a port on the Cumberland River and railroad centre. At the beginning of the 20th century, the population of the city was over 80,865. Jefferson Street became the historic center of the African-American community. In 1913 Nashville adopted a commission form of government, with all members of a small commission elected at-large. On March 22, 1916, a devastating fire destroyed more than 500 homes. Though there were few injuries and only one fatality, the fire significantly damaged the economy of East Nashville for decades.

Here below are some historical photos of Nashville from the late 19th and early 20th century.

#1 George Christopher, Postal Telegraph messenger, Nashville, November 1910

#2 Railroad yard and depot with locomotives; the capitol in the distance, Nashville, Tenn., 1864

#3 View from the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee, 1864

#5 Spectators watching the fight between generals Hood and Thomas, during Battle of Nashville, December 15, 1864

#10 Railroad yard and depot with locomotives, Nashville, Tennessee, 1864

#11 Opposite view of the rail yards from Capitol Hill looking southwest, Nashville, 1864

#12 A man drilling holes for rivets in a fuselage on a sub-assembly line, Nashville, Tennessee, August 1942

#13 Woman workig on a ‘Vengeance’ dive bomber, Nashville, 1943

#14 Woman working on the horizontal stabilizer of a “Vengeance” dive bomber at the Consolidated-Vultee plant in Nashville, 1943

#16 Fortified railroad bridge across the Cumberland River at Nashville, 1864

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