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Nashville is known as "Music City USA." It's the capital of Tennessee, located on the Cumberland River. In recent years, Nashville has become a major hub for the health care, publishing, and transportation industries.
Founded in 1779, the city grew quickly as a major river port and a railroad center. While it was the first state capital to fall to Union troops during the Civil War, the city quickly rebounded after the war and soon became an important shipping and trading center. These healthy economic times left Nashville with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings.
In 1925, The Grand Ole Opry put Nashville on the map as a music mecca. Today, the city also is home to a the Tennessee Titans football team, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, the Nashville Opera, and the Nashville Ballet. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra performs regularly at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Museums and galleries can be found around the city, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The city's Centennial Park, with its full-sized replica of The Parthenon, offers 132 beautiful acres of green space.
Major employers in the region include Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nissan North American, Randstad, HCA Holdings Incorporated, Electrolux Home Products, and Verizon Wireless.