Crews pull down the commemorative statue of Tom Ryman at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 1 as the media and spectators watch.

REPORTING FROM NASHVILLE, TENN. — Ryman Auditorium has a storied history, with a legacy of notable events and a tentative teardown.

Ryman Hospitality Properties (formerly Gaylord Entertainment) broke ground on a $14-million expansion Oct.1 with the removal of the statue of Tom Ryman, the steamboat magnate who spearheaded the building of the tab...

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