Towns Named Nashville

According to most sources, there are many places named Nashville. They only, exist, however, in the United States. There are reports of 20 Nashvilles around this country but many of them are not on maps. I can only verify about a dozen or so of the true Nashvilles. Many towns named Nashville, sad to say, have ceased to exist. For example, the Nashvilles in Iowa, Nebraska, and California have completely gone away. They were towns at one time, but people have moved or changed their town’s names.

That the capital of Tennessee was named Nashville is still disputed. What is certain is that this city began life as Fort Nashborough. If the many Nashvilles around the country are named after the capital of the state of Tennessee, it’s coincidence. It’s usual nickname, Music City, is far more reliable now to identify it or some variation of the Grand Old Opry theme that attaches itself to this population center of more than 600,000 people. Some like me would change its name to Flood City.

What is for sure is that there are several towns named Nashville in the United States. They are populated places in the states of Arkansas, not Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina. More than 20,000 people besides the several hundred thousand Nashvillans or is it Nashvillians? in Tennessee call a town named Nashville home. There are small but verifiable Nashvilles in places like Wisconsin, Missouri, and Vermont. The Nashville in the state of Vermont, however, which is near the town of Jericho that is near the city of Burlington has a population of about 2,000 but is not mapped.

This all leads to a funny story. The Nashville in Arkansas that is known for its peaches was originally called Hell’s Valley. A local man of self-importance decided that this name was not appropriate for a Baptist community near the Ouachita Mountains and had his town’s name officially changed to Nashville.


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