Curious Nashville: Tunnels That Live Up To The Legends, And Some That Don’t

There's a tunnel beneath downtown Nashville that opens to the Cumberland River, but what was it for? Curious Nashville sought to find out. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN
There’s a tunnel beneath downtown Nashville that opens to the Cumberland River, but what was it for? Curious Nashville sought to find out. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

We spent quite a bit of time shining flashlights around dark, cobwebby places over the past few weeks — because of Curious Nashville, a project in which we answer your questions about the city.

The winning question from our last round of voting came from veteran Nashville record producer Mitch Dane.

I’ve heard rumors of a mysterious tunnel system winding beneath downtown Nashville. Is this true?

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Movers & Thinkers #6: The Fine Art And Vague Science Of Keeping History Alive

Bradley Hanson, David Ewing and Jennifer Justus at Movers & Thinkers: Guardians of the Past. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN
Bradley Hanson, David Ewing and Jennifer Justus at Movers & Thinkers: Guardians of the Past. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

These people are guardians of the past: They explore kitchens, living rooms and attics, tracking down the recipes, stories and artifacts that tell us who we are and where we came from. Featuring David Ewing and Bradley Hanson and Jennifer Justus. 

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Curious Nashville: A Tombstone Mystery About Who ‘Turned From Bloodkin’

Margaret McCutchen's tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph "She Turned From Bloodkin." Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN
Margaret McCutchen’s tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph “She Turned From Bloodkin.” Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN

The winning question in our very first Curious Nashville voting round led us on a circuitous path — but we are pleased to say that we found the answer.

WPLN listener Rachael Edge asked the question:

In the Nashville City Cemetery, there’s a grave that says ‘Margaret H. McCutchen — She Turned From Bloodkin.’ What’s the story behind that?

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