Tennessee’s Bean Town

Bush’s Baked Beans aren’t just the biggest canned bean brand in America, they’re also a remarkable tourist attraction in East Tennessee:

The Bush brothers spread out across the country like apostles spreading a gospel of mass-produced canned goods. One brother, Claude, headed to Blytheville, Arkansas, and turned the Blytheville Canning Company into a financial success. Another brother went to Augusta, Wisconsin—near Eau Claire—to open a plant that continues to churn out beans to this day. Every Independence Day the people of Eau Claire County celebrate with the Bean and Bacon Days festival, named in honor of the Bushes.

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