In the late 19th century, storefronts lined Broad Street heading west from the former docks along the Cumberland River. In the 1930s, musicians such as Jimmie Rodgers – the Father of Country Music – began performing in the area. Their success attracted more singers, more bands and more patrons. Today, the four blocks from 1st through 5th Avenue South are called Lower Broadway. This main entertainment district of Nashville is filled with restaurants, bars and country bands that play until 3:00 a.m. Shown here is Merchants Restaurant. This building was a pharmacy dating back to 1872. When expanded in 1892, it became the Merchants Hotel. Famous guests included Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline plus Jesse James and Wild Bill Hickok.