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16th State (June 1, 1796), the upper south U.S.

State Abbreviation: TN

Nickname: The Volunteer State

Origin of Name: From the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see," meaning "The Meeting Place."




Tennessee State Symbols:

Capital: Nashville
Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
Slogan: Tennessee—America At Its Best
Tennessee State Seal
Agricultural Insect: Honeybee
Amphibian: Tennessee cave salamander
Bird: Mockingbird
Commercial Fish: Channel catfish
Cultivated Flower: Iris
Dance: Square Dance
Fruit: Tomato
Game Bird: Bobwhite quail
Gemstone: Pearl
Horse: Tennessee walking horse
Insect: Firefly and the Ladybug
Mineral: Agate
Reptile: Eastern Box Turtle
Rock: Limestone
Song: Tennessee State Songs
Sport Fish: Smallmouth bass
Tree: Tulip Poplar
Wild Animal: Raccoon

Wild Flowers: Tennessee echinacea and Passionflower

Tennessee Map Flag

Tennessee State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)

USA Map Tennessee


Things to Know

United States Senators from Tennessee.

Ruby Falls the largest underground waterfall in the United States.

The Appalachian Mountains form the eastern section of Tennessee.
The Great Smokey Mountains are one of the mountain ranges in the Appalacian system.

Major Rivers: Duck River , Cumberland River , Mississippi River , Tennessee River .

Famous Tennesseans

Davy Crockett frontiersman,near Limestone.

David G. Farragut first American admiral, Knoxville

Things to Do

Tennessee State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
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Sites to See

Tennessee Department of Health's "Healthy Kids" Page
Healthy Kids" page has games, puzzles, an art gallery and a coloring book, all aimed at showing you how to stay healthy and safe. Visit with Health E. Owl, learn to safely ride your bike and meet "Tennessee's Safest Kid."

Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee
Discover the Native American history in Tennessee.

Amazing Animals
Learn about the amazing animals at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Things To Do-Other Sites

Tennessee State Quarter
Read about the State Quater and print
out the color page.

Tennessee State Flag color page

Tennessee Word Search


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