Weekly Writing Challenge: Iconic
For this week’s challenge, we want you to snap a photo of something that is iconic to you. It can be a local pizza joint in your town that is unlike any other and conjures up memories of home whenever you’re away. It can be a photograph of a religious statue that’s been handed down from generations in your family that symbolizes your beliefs. Or it can even be a picture of your favorite pair of shoes that you wear nearly every day and has come to personify your personal style.
Then, pull some inspiration from our previous “1,000 Words” challenges and write a story using your picture. Of course, you can give us the real story behind your icon, but if you’re itching for a more creative challenge, try these ideas on for size:
- Make up a legend about the origin of your icon of choice
- If your photo is of a place or monument, tell a story with your symbol as the setting
- Revisit your icon as an archeologist 500 years in the future, and try to discern its significance
- Personify your symbol and tell its story from its own perspective
This may only seem like an average photograph of me allowing a post to hold me up. What is Iconic about this photo is the history behind the photo.
The last train is right behind me.
This station is no longer running. The last train has ran it’s course as the Monkey’s pointed out. This was just one song that the group produced. It was iconic that it helped to establish Clarksville, Tennessee on the map. An icon that would always be remembered through the song.
We have so many iconic symbols in this city. Wilma Rudolph was another great iconic symbol. Her statue is present in the city to signify her great ability. Many of us only dream to achieve a small portion of what that woman overcame in her life to be able to achieve. If you are not familiar with her story, perhaps a brief history lesson is necessary to refresh your memory. It will be worth the stroll on the link.
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When you look at the livability of Clarksville, you’ll find metropolitan amenities and conveniences blended with small town hospitality and values. Clarksville is a scenic river city that is steeped in history with residents who enjoy modern day living. Business Week Magazine even ranked Clarksville as Tennessee’s Best Place to Raise Your Kids!
Take a drive downtown and you have access to shops, boutiques and restaurants that show off Clarksville’s local flair.There is no lack of local owned eateries that are sure to please. From pizza, pasta and fresh brews to steak and seafood, casual or upscale, there is something for every occasion. If a larger chain retail store or restaurant is more what you after, there isn’t much Clarksville doesn’t offer. With more than 100 stores, the conveniently located Governor’s Square Mall is a great place to start.
Real estate is a vital part of the Clarksville economy. New housing construction can be seen all over the city and county and much of that is due to the fast growing population. In 2008, Clarksville was the only community in the Nashville region to post housing appreciation. From expansive dream homes to apartments or condos overlooking the Cumberland River and everything in between, Clarksville-Montgomery County offers a variety of housing options in numerous neighborhoods.
As the ninth fastest growing city in the United States, Clarksville has positioned itself as a community that is an ideal place to work, live and play. With the great amount of economic growth over the past few years, Clarksville has become home to an array of year-round attractions, including the award winning Rivers and Spires festival, Christmas on the Cumberland, Jammin in the Alley music series and Austin Peay athletics just to name a few.
Underlying this rich way of life is an affordable cost of living – about 15% below the national average, according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index. Best of all you’ll find friendly and welcoming people who love calling Clarksville home.
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Metropolitan mixed with a healthy dose of small town charm. Think Carrie Bradshaw meets Dolly Parton. Okay, that may be a stretch – but we do serve a mean martini and some mouthwatering barbeque.
If someone asks whether you’ve ever visited Clarksville, Tennessee and your immediate response is “Where’s that?” then you’re missing out. What your friend may already know, and you will soon find out, is that Clarksville is where you need to be. An escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Clarksville has the unique ability to blend big city amenities (we are the ninth fastest growing city in the nation) with small town charm. And we do it all Southern style.
A chameleon of sorts, Clarksville offers something different to all who have a desire to travel outside the norm. Our artistic repertoire ranges from world class theatres and art exhibits to honky-tonks and homegrown country music. Love to shop? Explore our multitude of antique stores, local one-of-a-kind boutiques, or calm your craving with the well knowndepartment stores you love. Our moderate climate makes us every nature lover’s dream location. With several state parks in the area and miles of walking and biking trails your taste for the outdoors will be satisfied. Not to mention that both the Cumberland and Red Rivers can provide endless hours of aquatic excitement. All of this doesn’t even touch on the many year round attractions that make Clarksville distinctive. From the Customs House Museum to Beachaven Winery and Vineyards we can provide a list of “must sees” for your visit. A quick peak at our calendar and you can see we’ve got a whole lotta shakin’ going on.
There are so many other things we could brag about. Like our rich river heritage or our diverse community, represented by over 26 countries. But those things are better left to experience on your own terms. You cannot describe that je ne sais quoi appeal that makes Clarksville so desirable. Words do not do justice to all that the area has to offer. Instead pack your bag, throw the family in the car, and come by for a weekend. You won’t be disappointed.
Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County, is a bustling city built by the tobacco trade. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, in the city’s historic district, was originally constructed as a US Post Office during the tobacco boom. Now it has been converted into art gallery, history center, and hands-on children’s museum. Just outside of town is the Dunbar Cave State Park, where visitors can hike through caverns that were once mined for gun powder and used for big band concerts.
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