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Nashville's Fort Negley

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After 60 years of being closed to the public, this Union fortification south of downtown Nashville has been reopened by the Parks Board. It was a cold Christmas Eve, but I wanted to take advantage of the icy wilderness I had never (legally) seen. I'd been on the previoulsy overgrown hill in the past, but with the new historic markers and other amenities, I wanted to visit. Here are a few shots from this Civil War federal fort. It's a beautiful site and the views are stunning.

This park will likely expand with the moving of the Nashville Sounds to the new stadium downtown. The lower hillside is the current site of Greer Stadium.

The park was built to fortify the city and was constructed in a unique star pattern. Most of the labor was by black Civil War Union soldiers. The fort ruins today are what's left of a 1936 WPA reconstruction. For 60 years the site was ignored, but now has reopened as a historic site under the Metropolitan Board of Parks. The original fort and its treasures lie forever buried under the present stonework.

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That is great. What makes a city so unique are the parks and historical influence that forms the city into what it is today. Nashville is a cool city and this restoration will expand its influence.

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