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Tennessee Vacation Basic Facts

Tennessee Department of Tourist Department, William Snodgrass/Tennessee Tower, 312 8th Avenue North, 25th Floor, Nashville TN 37243; 615-741-2159; 800-GO2-TENN.

State Agricultural Insect: honeybee

State Amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander

State Animal: racoon

State Art Form: songwriting

State Bird: mockingbird

State Butterfly: zebra swallowtail

State Fine Art: porcelain painting

State Commercial Fish: channel catfish

State Game Fish: largemouth bass

State Cultivated Flower: iris

State Folk Dance: square dance

State Fruit: tomato

State Game Bird: bobwhite quail

State Gem: freshwater pearl

State Horse: Tennessee Walking Horse

State Insects: ladybug and firefly

State Motto: Agriculture and Commerce

State Nickname: Volunteer State, Big Bend State, Hog and Hominy State, Mother of Southwestern Statesmen

State Painting: Tennessee Treasures by Michael Sloan

State Poem: Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee

State Quarter:

State Reptile: box turtle

State Rocks: limestone and agate

State Salamander: Tennessee cave salamander

State Slogan: Tennessee—America at Its Best.

State Soil: Dickson

State Songs: My Homeland, Tennessee; My Tennessee; Tennessee Waltz; When It's Iris Time in Tennessee; Tennessee; The Pride of Tennessee; Rocky Top.

State Tartan:

State Bicentennial Tree: yellowwood

State Tree: tulip poplar

State Wildflower: Passiflora (passion flower)

State Capitals

Rocky Mount, Tennessee — Served as the first capital of the territory of the United States south of the Ohio River.

Jonesborough, Tennessee — Tennessee's oldest town (1779) and the capital of the State of Franklin (1784 to 1788).

Knoxville, Tennessee — Territorial capital (1791-1796) and state capital (1796-1812, 1817).

Kingston, Tennessee — State capital for one day in 1807 to fulfill a treaty obligation with the Cherokee.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee — State capital (1818-1826).

Nashville, Tennesee — Tennessee State Capitol, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville TN 37243-1120; 615-741-2692. Web: State capital 1812 to 1817 and 1826 to present. Chosen as the permanent state capital in 1843.

State Songs

My Homeland, Tennessee; My Tennessee; Tennessee Flap-Top Box; Tennessee Waltz; Tennessee Whiskey; Tennessee Stud; Tennessee Bird Walk; The Pride of Tennessee; When It's Iris Time in Tennessee; Tennessee Hot Dog; I've Been to Memphis; Nashville Cats; Nashville Skyline; Rocky Top; Chattanooga Choo Choo.

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