Set to a mix of rock and blues music, the stories of Southwest Tennessee begin on rural backroads, travel along historic main streets and preserved battlefields and weave in stories of determined and inspiring individuals.
Strong leaders have come out of Southwest Tennessee. Learn about Casey Jones, the train engineer who saved all his passengers but perished in the act. Visit the home of Buford Pusser, the tall-walking sheriff who challenged moonshiners and gamblers. Explore where Civil War soldiers from both sides left hats, guns and loved ones behind. These and more portray a diverse, courageous culture.
Civil War history is rich here. April 1862 saw Union and Confederate troops clash near Pittsburg Landing. Walk the hallowed ground of the beautifully preserved Shiloh National Military Park, where 24,000 men fell in a bloody battle. You’ll find Indian mounds within the park as well.
Carl Perkins, “Mr. Blue Suede Shoes,” was known for up-tempo rock-a-billy music. International superstar Tina Turner and legendary bluesman Sleepy John Estes also represent Southwest Tennessee’s legacy to music heritage.
Catch up on history’s most famous sporting dogs at the National Bird Dog Museum. See Brownsville’s quirky sculpture collection of Billy Tripp’s “The Mindfield.” Fish and enjoy golf, walking trails and wildlife at Pickwick Landing State Park in beautiful Southwest Tennessee.
You’re stepping to the sweet rhythm of Southwest Tennessee.