Marathon Motors

If you drive near downtown Nashville, north on I-65, you might see an abandoned factory off on the left. That's the old Marathon Motors plant.

"Funny," I said to a visiting friend, "I've never heard of Marathon Motors." My friend hadn't either. Looking it up on Wikipedia, I see that the plant was active from 1910 through 1914. Well, that explains why I've never heard of it. Apparantly, only 8 cars have survived to this day.

It's hard to believe that plant has been sitting there a few blocks from the State Capitol, pretty much unused for nearly 100 years.