- Tennessee State Route 19
Tina Turner Highway
length_ref= [http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/materials/pavement/Documents/Region4(All%20Counties)(PROTECTED).xls TDOT Region 4 Pavement Condition Data] ]
Mississippi Riverat Golddust
ending_terminus= Exit 60 at Mercer Rd
counties= Lauderdale, Haywood
cities= Ripley, Nutbush, Brownsville
State Route 19 (abbreviated SR 19) is a
roadin Haywood and Lauderdale Counties, Tennessee, United States.http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/Maps/county/co49.pdf Lauderdale County, TN Highway Map] http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/Maps/county/co38.pdf Haywood County, TN Highway Map] State Route 19 is 42.81 mi (69 km) long.
Mississippi River valleywith flood plainsand bluffs, the rolling hillsof Tennesseeand cottonfields dominate the rural landscapeof the area traversed by SR 19. Industriesare present in the urban areas of Ripley and Brownsville.
A segment of State Route 19 between Brownsville and Nutbush was named "
Tina Turner Highway" in 2001, after singerTina Turner who spent her childhoodin Nutbush, Tennessee.http://www.allaboutbrownsville.net/attractions/index.html AllAboutBrownsville.com] State Route 19 is mentioned in Tina Turner's song" Nutbush City Limits".http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tinaturner/nutbushcitylimits.html Lyrics of the Tina Turner song "Nutbush City Limits"]
State Route 19 is located on the southeastern edge of the
New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquakerisk. At the west end of the route, IslandNo. 30 of the Mississippi Riverwas created by earthquakeactivity in the early 19th century, when the river changed course permanently.
Starting at the
Mississippi Riverin Golddust, State Route 19 covers the Mississippi River valleywith flood plainsand bluffs as well as the rolling hillsof West Tennesseeas it continues east through Ripley, Nutbush and Brownsville to reach its eastern terminus at I-40.
Mississippi River to Ripley
Starting at the banks of the
Mississippi River, State Route 19 runs northeast, parallelto the river, for about 5 mi (8 km) in the flood plains. It continues east, through the bluffs, then passing low cottonfields and hillsuntil it reaches Ripley, also in Lauderdale County.
On a 1 mi (1.6 km) long bypass west of Ripley, SR 19 and
US 51overlap on the US 51 bypass. South of Ripley, at the southern end of the overlap with US 51, SR 19-"Bypass" continues eastbound for 2.5 mi (4 km), it ends at Linda Rd in Ripley and continues as primary State Route 19.
Mississippi River Island No. 30 - At the west end of State Route 19, near Golddust,
Tennessee, Island No. 30 of the Mississippi Riverwas created during the New Madrid Earthquakes when the Mississippi River changed course permanently.
Ripley to Brownsville
Historic State Route 19 - East of Nutbush in
Haywood County, a section of Old SR 19 parallels State Route 19 just south of the route for about 5 mi (8 km) through a ruralarea along cottonfields and through the rolling hillsof West Tennessee.http://www.tdot.state.tn.us Tennessee Department of Transportation]
Brownsville to Interstate 40
In Brownsville State Route 19 intersects SR 54 (Main Street). South of Brownsville the route intersects US 70 and US 79. State Route 19 and US 70/US 79 overlap for 2 mi (3.2 km) on the US 70/US 79 bypass south of Brownsville. At Jefferson Street, US 70/US 79 continue north and State Route 19 leaves the overlap and continues east as secondary SR 19 all the way to I-40.
Industriesare present along the route in the urban areabetween Brownsville and I-40. The agricultural landscape of the area east of Brownsville is dominated by cottonfields.
Points of interest
Points of interest along State Route 19 (west to east).
Lauderdale County Tomato Festival, Ripley [http://www.lauderdalecountytn.org/2007tomatofestival.html Lauderdale Chamber – 2007 Lauderdale County Tomato Festival]
Nutbush, Tennessee, childhood home of singer Tina Turner
* Trinity United Methodist Church, Nutbush
Woodlawn Baptist Church and Cemetery, Nutbush
State Route 19 is situated on the southeastern edge of the
New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquakerisk.
1811and 1812several earthquakeswith the epicenternear New Madrid, Missouricaused permanent changes in the course of the Mississippi Riverin a wide area, including the Mississippi River valleyin West Tennessee.
Mississippi River Island No. 30
At the western terminus of State Route 19, northwest of Golddust,
Tennessee, Island No. 30 of the Mississippi Riverwas created during the New Madrid Earthquakes when the Mississippi River changed course permanently, shortening the river by about 1.5 mi (2,4 km), and cutting off part of Lauderdale County, Tennessee, placing it on the other side of the river, the Mississippi County, Arkansasside northeast of Osceola.
Agriculture and industry
abolition of slavery, sharecroppingwas the primary means of income for low income families in the area along SR 19. Mostly for the cultivation of cotton, land would be used by sharecroppersin return for a share of the crop to the landowner.
2006, a cotton-processing plant exists in Nutbush at the junction of SR 180 and State Route 19.
Lagoon Creek Peaking Facility
Peaking Facilityis run by the Tennessee Valley Authority(TVA) in Nutbush not far from State Route 19. From eight gas turbinesthe power plant generates electric powerfor the area in times of high demand. [http://www.continentalconst.com/ Continental Construction, Co., Inc.] [http://www.atlaspower.com/ AtlasPower, Inc.]
The early black and white musicians and singers from the Nutbush churches along today's State Route 19 recorded and influenced an international audience.
Nutbush is the birthplace and home community of black and white pioneer musicians and prominent recording artists such as
Hambone Willie Newbernand Sleepy John Estes. Harmonicaplayer Noah Lewisof Henning, Tennesseeis buried in an area cemetery near Nutbush."A History of Tennessee Arts", University of Tennessee Press]
Tina Turner Highway
Nutbush City Limits
State Route 19 is mentioned in the Tina Turner song "
Nutbush City Limits" ( 1973, produced by Ike Turner) as "Highway number nineteen".
Historic State Route 19
East of Nutbush, in
Haywood County, a section of Old SR 19 parallels State Route 19 just south of the main route for about 5 mi (8 km), covering about two thirds of the distancefrom Nutbush to Brownsville on the old route through a ruralarea along cottonfields and through the rolling hillsof West Tennessee.http://www.tdot.state.tn.us Tennessee Department of Transportation]
Trinity United Methodist Church, founded in
1822, is located just south of Nutbush, along old State Route 19.
Woodlawn Baptist Church, a U.S. historic location, is on Woodlawn Rd., ca. 3 mi (4,8 km) southeast of Nutbush, just north of old SR 19. The church was a family church of singer
Tina Turner. She attended and sang in the choir growing up. Her family members were church officials, musicians and singers who are buried in the cemetery.Information by Sharon Norris, national preservationist, author and researcher of "Black America Series: Haywood County Tennessee"; relative of Tina Turner and native of Nutbush]
Old-State Route 19 and SR 19 join again at Bobby Mann Rd, 3 mi (4.8 km) northwest of Brownsville.
Major intersections of State Route 19 (west to east).
Haywood County, Tennessee
Lauderdale County, Tennessee
Nutbush City Limits", ( Tina Turnersong)
New Madrid Earthquake
List of Tennessee state highways
*cite book | title = A History of Tennessee Arts | author = West, Carroll Van & Duncan Binnicker, Margaret | year = 2004 | location= Knoxville, TN | publisher= The University of Tennessee Press | id = ISBN 1-57233-239-5
*cite book | title = Black America Series: Haywood County Tennessee | author = Norris, Sharon | year = 2000 | location= Mount Pleasant, SC | publisher=Arcadia Publishing | id = ISBN 0-73850-605-2
* [http://www.tdot.state.tn.us Tennessee Department of Transportation]
* [http://www.lctn.com Official Lauderdale County Website]
* [http://www.haywoodcountybrownsville.com/HaywoodCounty Haywood County Official Web Site]
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