Scanned Humpday Throwback

Pictured is the World War I-era Old Hickory gunpowder plant. DuPont built and operated the plant, under contract for the United States government, to manufacture smokeless gunpowder for the Allied war effort. The Old Hickory gunpowder plant was at a bend in the Cumberland River near Nashville and was 93 percent completed by the time of the Armistice took place Nov. 11, 1918. The War Department paid all construction costs, which amounted to about $83 million, and DuPont received $1 in compensation. The Old Hickory gunpowder plant was the largest munitions plant in the world at the time of operation from 1918-19, occupied about 4,700 acres and produced half a million pounds of gunpowder a day. PHOTO COURTESY OF STATE OF TENNESSEE

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