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Grand Ole Opry's Priceless Treasures Saved From Flood

Many priceless artifacts from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry have been salvaged from the flood. In time, performances by country legends like Dolly Parton will
continue to grace the stage.

Many priceless artifacts from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry have been salvaged from the flood. In time, performances by country legends like Dolly Parton will continue to grace the stage.

Monday, May 17, 2010 17:27 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, may have been ravaged by the floods, but it’s far from washed up.

Despite the terrible water damage, the iconic country music complex has managed to save many of its most prized possessions.

That includes the steamboat whistle Opry founder George D. Hay blew for years to signal the beginning of Opry shows, the fiddle Roy Acuff played during his first Opry performance, and a pair of shoes worn by the “Queen Of Country Comedy,” Minnie Pearl, during more than 50 years of performances.

Also safe is the Opry’s signature, six-foot circle of oak wood taken from the Ryman Auditorium when the show moved locations in 1974.

Although it and the rest of the stage were covered by 46 inches of water, the circle is still in good condition and will return to center stage once the facility reopens.

Most of the Opry’s priceless video, photo, and audio archives are in the clear, too.

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