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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Shelby County / Memphis

 
 
Shelby County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
1. Shelby County Marker
Inscription.  
Shelby County
Established 1819; named in honor of ISAAC SHELBY who, along with Andrew Jackson, was appointed United States Commissioner; together they arranged the purchase of the Western District from the Chickasaw Indian Nation in 1818.

Memphis
Founded 1819, by Andrew Jackson, John Overton and James Winchester; the latter named it. Incorporated, 1826, population less than 500 & area less than 1 sq. mi. It has since its original foundation absorbed seven other towns, is now the state's largest city, one of the country's largest inland ports and the world's largest cotton market.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4E 47.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #07 Andrew Jackson, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists.
 
Location. 35° 6.06′ N, 89° 51.227′ 
Memphis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
2. Memphis Marker
W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Poplar Avenue (U.S. 72) east of Interstate 240, on the left when traveling east. Located in the Chick-fil-A parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6282 Poplar Avenue, Memphis TN 38119, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memphis University School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mertie's Lake and the Buckman Water Science Trail (approx. 0.8 miles away); This Chimney Swift Tower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crystal Shrine Grotto (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nelson-Kirby House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band (approx. 2.1 miles away); Germantown Cemetery (approx. 2½ miles away); Germantown Baptist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Memphis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
3. Memphis Marker
Looking east along Poplar Avenue (US72/TN57).
Shelby County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
4. Shelby County Marker
Looking west along Poplar Avenue (US72/TN57).
Isaac Shelby image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
5. Isaac Shelby
This portrait of Isaac Shelby appeared in The War of 1812 by John Richardson and Alexander Clark Casselman 1902.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   5. submitted on April 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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