Nashville International Airport – Nashville TN

Description

Nashville International Airport was first constructed by the Works Progress Administration, a New Deal program. Tennessee Encyclopedia: “Some of Tennessee’s largest WPA projects reflected the arrival of the age of flight. WPA workers … built major airports in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and at the Tri-Cities.”

FlyNashville: “Nashville’s first airport opened in June 1937, culminating a two-year process that began with the selection of a 340-acre site located along the Dixie Highway (now Murfreesboro Road) and built as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.

Named in honor of Colonel Harry S. Berry, state administrator of the WPA, Berry Field consisted of a terminal building, two hangars, a 4,000-foot concrete runway and a flashing beacon. The three letter identifier, BNA, stands for Berry Field Nashville.”

Source notes

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/entry.php?rec=1534
http://www.flynashville.com/about/pages/bna-history.aspx

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 23, 2017.

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Location Info


1 Terminal Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214

Coordinates: 36.126, -86.677

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