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Route of Memphis-Nashville-Bristol Highway, Tennessee's First State Road
Map shows the first state road running from Bristol to Memphis. Map surrounded by advertisements from Aurora Rock Crusher, Western Reversible Grader, Austin Sprinkling Wagons, Western Wheeled Scraper, Dump Wagons, Wilson, Ingram and Co., American Motor Road Roller, Austin Road Machines, Little Western Grader, Western Plow, Drag Scrapers, and Austin Scarifier.
Map of the Tennassee Government, formerly Part of North Carolina
The title on the map is: Map of the Tennassee Government, formerly Part of North Carolina taken Chiefly from Surveys by Gen'l D. Smith & others. Engraved for Carews? American Edition of Guthrie's Geography ?? appears along the top. Map shows Knoxville, Nashville, and Clarksville as well as several Cherokee towns in eastern Tennessee. The site of present-day Memphis is called Chickasaw Bluff, shows the southern boundary of the military reservation in middle Tennessee. Rivers, public roads and various geographic features are labeled, such as "High Broken Ground" in southern middle Tennessee and "Light Soil Long Grass Little Timber Broken Ground on the Heads of these Rivers" in west Tennessee.
Map of the State of Franklin
This map shows Tennessee at the time an attempt was made to achieve statehood as the State of Franklin (Frankland). Two counties are identified - Davidson and Greene. The map shows rivers, but not towns. There are notations with both the name of Franklin, with Henderson and Turner written beside it, and Frankland, with notes referring to a first petition April 7, 1785 and the names Campbell and Haywood.
Sleeping area of the Pikeville School for Colored Boys
This photograph shows the sleeping area of the boys, the iron beds closely pushed together.
Playground at the Pikeville School for Colored Boys
In this photograph, several boys are playing on seesaw, swings and a slide. In the background, the building has boarded up windows.
paddlewheel steamboat Warioto, U.S. Engineer Department, Nashville District, on the Cumberland River
This is a very yellowed photograph of the paddlewheel steamboat Warioto, U.S. Engineer Department, Nashville District, on the Cumberland River.
Boys in front of a fireplace at the Pikeville School for Colored Boys
Four boys sit in front of a fireplace at the Pikeville School for Colored Boys.
Aerial view of downtown Nashville, Tennessee during the flood of 1937
aerial view photograph of downtown Nashville during the flood of 1937
Aerial view of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, looking towards East Nashville, during the flood of 1937
very yellowed photograph of aerial view of downtown Nashville during the flood of January 1937.
House in Verdun
This is a photograph of the ruins of a house in Verdun, France during World War I.
C.C.C work at the quarry at Cumberland Homestead, Tennessee
This photograph shows Civilian Conservation Corps workers at work in a sandstone quarry at Cumberland Homestead, Tennessee.
Davidson County Courthouse under construction, at the time of the flood of 1937
Davidson County Courthouse under construction, at the time of the flood of 1937

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