Bristol is a very special city. Well, make that two very special cities.
Legally, Bristol, VA and Bristol, TN are two distinct cities, each with its own
city government, police force, school system, etc. And each city has laws and
regulations that don't apply to the citizens residing in the other, so
activities that are illegal on one side of State Street might be completely
legal on the other side!
Bristol, VA-TN really is a good place to live, and today's
picture features a sign that let's everyone know it. The "Bristol
sign" is a well known landmark in parts far and wide because most visitors
who see it never forget it.
The sign straddles State
Street, a well-known landmark in its own right due to
the fact that the center of the road is the literal Virginia/Tennessee state
line. In the photo, the left lane of State Street lies in Virginia while the
right lane is in Tennessee!
While legally the two Bristol's are separate, they are truly one Bristol where
it counts - in the hearts and minds of the citizens. Bristolians on both sides
of the border take pride in what the cities have to offer the world, such as
Bristol Motor Speedway (in Bristol, TN) and the Birthplace Of Country
Music Museum (in Bristol, VA).
Bristol provides its residents with a quality of life that
exceeds that of most other cities of the same size or larger. The weather is nice, the
economy is strong, the people are friendly and there is live Bluegrass Music to
be found all around the region. Perhaps Bristol's famous sign needs updating -
Bristol isn't just a good place to live...it's a great place to live!
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