Nashville frequently shows off the view from Bicentennial Mall for the entire nation to enjoy. Most televised sporting events broadcast the view from the mall, which was designed to preserve the area’s only unobstructed view of the antebellum state capitol building. Built to honor the state’s 200th anniversary in 1996, the park occupies a piece of land that was part of the Great Salt Lick, or French Lick, where prehistoric animals came for the salt and hunters came for the animals. A nearby exhibit showcases the remains of a saber tooth tiger found during construction of the park. The migratory paths around the salt lick contributed to the rapid growth of the settlement of Nashborough.
The park was honored by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the United States. The park’s map plaza honors the state’s heritage through maps showcasing music, trails, geology and topography. A new Civil War exhibit, Tennessee—Struggle for the Heartland, 1861-1865—is now open to the public in the visitor center. A railroad trestle, flag court, history wall, World War II floating globe memorial and series of fountains provide more information about the state’s history and features. The Court of 3 Stars, built with red, white and blue granite, contains a 95-bell carillon representing our musical heritage. A Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial, Walkway of Counties and Path of Volunteers complete the park’s features.
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