Most people are aware of the tremendous history Nashville has for making Country music. However, Nashville has many other interesting historical memories as well.

Take for example this National Historic Landmark, the former Union Station train terminal which is now a Marriott hotel. Opened in 1900, the terminal handled passengers for the 8 different railroads that provided passenger service to Nashville at the time. Located just west of the downtown area, it was connected to the city via streetcars until they were discontinued in 1941.

The station is an example of late-Victorian Romanesque Revival architecture and has turrets that are castle-like.  The tower originally contained an early mechanical digital clock but when replacement French silk drive belts proved unavailable during World War I,  it was replaced by a traditional analog clock. A Main Post Office built next door in 1935 had a connecting passageway between the two served to transport mail to and from trains for over three decades.

The station reached peak usage during World War II when it was the shipping-out point for tens of thousand of U.S. troops.

Tomorrow: Inside Union Station

 

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