Monday, July 9, 2012

President Teddy Roosevelt and the sprinkling carts...

When President Theodore Roosevelt visited Nashville, Tennessee in 1907, he arrived at Union Station.  A parade of fifteen carriages and twenty-four automobiles escorted him to the Ryman Auditorium. where he gave a speech. After that, he got into a car to be driven to the Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson.

Eighteen sprinkling carts had worked on Lebanon Road, the route to the Hermitage, on the night before.  This was to keep the dust down so that it would not bother the President and his party.

I have a hard time imagining Lebanon Road as a dirt highway and without a ton of traffic.

Source:  Nashville "Athens of the South" by Henry McRaven


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