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 Post subject: Tennessee Trails and Byways!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:14 pm 
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By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010 9:20 pm

MEMPHIS (AP) — Tourism in West Tennessee, home of Casey Jones, Elvis Presley and Sheriff Buford Pusser of "Walking Tall" movie fame, may get a boost from a new self-guided driving trail showcasing what one state official calls the "authentic America."

The new Walking Tall Trail was established Wednesday with the unveiling of its first marker at Graceland, Presley's longtime home in Memphis.

More markers will be placed along 360 miles of roads and highways in eight West Tennessee counties, adding up to nearly 200 historic sites, museums, preserved homes, natural areas and restaurants.
Officials hope tourists who drive along the trail will see the markers from the road and stop to spend money at museums, restaurants and shops, adding to the more than $13 billion the state receives in tourism dollars every year.

The trail uses existing roads and features tourist attractions that already are operating. Sites in smaller towns will likely receive more attention from tourists once they are linked to more well-known places along the trail, said Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

The Walking Tall Trail includes historically significant places such as the Cherokee Trail of Tears Historical Marker in Selmer; the former Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the site of Martin Luther King's assassination and the current location of the National Civil Rights Museum; and Shiloh, the location of a key Civil War battle and one of many Civil War-related points of interest found on the trail.

Along with Graceland, the trail also includes several stops connected to musicians, including Beale St. in Memphis, where B.B. King and several other blues musicians performed, and Historic Front Street in Henderson, home to country music legend Eddy Arnold.

Tennessee Trails and Byways: http://tntrailsandbyways.com/



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