DealChicken spends a lot of time struttin’ around the state of Tennessee in search of the best deals and getaways. While most know of Nashville and Memphis, there’s an attraction to little ol’ Jackson, Tennessee, the home of Pringles, facts about Andrew Jackson and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Here’s a bit of folk lore that even your favorite fine-feathered know-it-all didn’t know until recently.
Proctor and Gamble’s Pringles potato crisps are manufactured in Jackson. Some claim the unique cylindrical design of the Pringles package makes it very useful to make a cantenna, which is basically a homemade antenna made from a can. A cantenna can extend wireless networks and improve phone and radio reception. You can use that new cantenna of yours to gather Pringles facts from near and far.
Lots of peeps know that Jackson was named for Andrew Jackson, our country’s 7th president. But, you may not know that he earned his nickname, Old Hickory, during a defiant stand he took during the War of 1812. When he marched his Tennessee troops into Mississippi, he was told to disband them as they were unneeded. He refused and marched them back to Tennessee; this strict discipline inclined the men to comment that he was tough as hickory. Certainly no one thought him a chicken.
Well, well, well…did you know the Electro Chalybeate Well in Lancaster Park was visited by thousands in the early 1900’s because it was believed to cure stomach, kidney and liver ailments? The well, along with the adjacent Water Plant, built in 1885, were part of the 54-acre park which also included a zoo, lily pond and bandstand in its hey-day.
Madison County’s rich soil and close proximity to the Forked Deer River led to a population boom of settlers fleeing their roost and migrating to Jackson and the surrounding areas, looking to make it big in agriculture and commerce. By 1858 Jackson served an astounding five railroad lines and two passenger depots. These rail lines made Jackson an indisputable hub for the transit of lumber and cotton.
The Riverside Cemetery was established in Jackson in 1824. It is a treasure trove for historians, especially as a means to study the history and trends in funeral art during the time period. In the late 19th century, urns and obelisks were common. This was a form borrowed from ancient Egyptians and their belief in the life-giving rays of Ra the sun god. Who knew Jackson had a touch of Egypt in its history?
Casey Jones is one of Jackson’s rather famous celebrities and the namesake and subject of Casey Jones Village and Railroad Museum in Jackson. He became one of the youngest engineers, responsible for running the fastest passenger lines for Illinois Central. He also earned a notorious reputation for his supposed fast ways with ladies and libations. Fact is, though, John Luther “Casey” Jones did not smoke, drink or carouse with women. The man was a devout Catholic and family man until he met his final ride in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi.
With all the rich American history steeped in Jackson, some of the less historic museums get left in the dust. Jackson is also home to Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum. Rusty’s is the home coop to more than 20 replica and original famous and fast dusters from movies and TV shows like Starsky and Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, Ghostbusters and more. With the horsepower found here, who needs wings to fly?
While hunting and pecking about, DealChicken also discovered Jackson’s Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Why Jackson? The museum founder thought it would be the perfect spot, being the home of rockabilly star Carl Perkins and also a geographic mid-point between Memphis (rock and roll and blues) and Nashville (home of hillbilly country tunes), hence the home of rockabilly! They even have their own rockabilly dance team…wonder if they know how to do the Funky Chicken?
Had your fill of Pringles facts and other fun Jackson trivia? Check out more Tennessee history in Clarksville.