by Steven Hale
Yesterday was not the coldest day ever, even if it felt like it.
That title, as far Nashville is concerned, goes to Jan. 21, 1985, when the temperature dove to -17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Yesterday's single-digit frozen hell is positively balmy compared to that. The Cumberland River isn't even frozen.
But it was in January, 1940 (and in 1779 too). Thanks to the Nashville Public Library's Digital Collection, we have two photos to prove it:
(As the Library owns the copyright, you'll have to go to their site to see them.)
Stay inside, and dig through the NPL's Digital Collection here.