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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Shelby County, Tennessee

Clickable Map of Shelby County, Tennessee and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Shelby County, TN (490) Fayette County, TN (18) Tipton County, TN (34) Crittenden County, AR (27) Mississippi County, AR (52) DeSoto County, MS (27) Marshall County, MS (29)  ShelbyCounty(490) Shelby County (490)  FayetteCounty(18) Fayette County (18)  TiptonCounty(34) Tipton County (34)  CrittendenCountyArkansas(27) Crittenden County (27)  MississippiCounty(52) Mississippi County (52)  DeSotoCountyMississippi(27) DeSoto County (27)  MarshallCounty(29) Marshall County (29)
Memphis is the county seat for Shelby County
Adjacent to Shelby County, Tennessee
      Fayette County (18)  
      Tipton County (34)  
      Crittenden County, Arkansas (27)  
      Mississippi County, Arkansas (52)  
      DeSoto County, Mississippi (27)  
      Marshall County, Mississippi (29)  
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1 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Arlington Cemetery
The Arlington Cemetery Company, formed in 1909, bought 4.7 acres of land on this site. Owners were: R.D. Cole, S.Y. Wilson, H.S. Griffin, W.A. Taylor, F.S. Bragg, and A.H. Murray. In time, this company ceased to function. the Arlington Cemetery . . . Map (db m76903) HM
2 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Arlington Historic Post Office
The Town's first post office building was located in the row of businesses facing the railroad tracks in the area of town currently known as Depot Square. The first Postmaster, Danial Kerman,was appointed in 1866. Even though the Town was called . . . Map (db m85897) HM
3 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Arlington, Tennessee
Early pioneers settled in the Arlington area around 1830. A depot, called Withe Station, was established in 1856. The land was given by General Samuel Jackson Hays. In 1872 his land holdings were sold at public auction and the community became . . . Map (db m148512) HM
4 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Arlington, Tennessee Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the sons and daughters of Arlington who gave their lives in service of their country and all those who served in defense of this country for our liberty and freedom World War II Sam Wells Logan . . . Map (db m148515) WM
5 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Blacksmith Shop
The blacksmith shop played an integral role in the community in it's early days. He made and repaired farming tools and equipment, wagons and their parts, horseshoes, and household items. The community's first blacksmith was Perkins White, who . . . Map (db m85676) HM
6 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Harrell Farm Log Cabin
The Harrell Farm Log Cabin is estimated to date back to the mid-1800's and served as the cook's residence at the Harrell Farm. The Harrell farm was located along Harrell Road, in both Shelby and Fayette Counties, and the log cabin was located near . . . Map (db m85812) HM
7 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — History of Arlington
The land currently known as Arlington originally belonged to the Chickasaw Indians. In 1818, a Treaty with the Chickasaw ceded this land, along with other land in West Tennessee, to the United States. On November 24, 1819, Shelby County was . . . Map (db m179116) HM
8 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Hughes-College Hill Park
In January of 1884, the Memphis District High School opened its doors on this site. Built by the Memphis Conference of Methodist Church, the school was acquired by the Shelby County Schools in 1895. In 1912, a new school replaced the original during . . . Map (db m76902) HM
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9 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Memphis's Civil War SitesCivilians Lined the Bluffs
In April 1862, Union victories at Shiloh and on the Mississippi River made Confederate control of the river in Tennessee more difficult. Southern soldiers evacuated posts that they could not defend easily, such as Memphis. Capt. James E. . . . Map (db m88230) HM
10 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Orion Hill
Orion Hill's story began in 1830 when Alexander Donelson arrived with a new wave of settlers and their slaves. Alexander, grandson of John Donelson, co-founder of Nashboro, now Nashville, and a nephew of the 7th president, Andrew Jackson and Rachel . . . Map (db m179108) HM
11 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — 4E 51 — Pleasant Hill Cemetery
This cemetery, founded in 1853, grew up around the Brunswick Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which has since moved. During the Confederate War, the church building was used as a hospital, and 17 unknown Confederate soldiers who died there are buried . . . Map (db m88314) HM
12 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Rachel H.K. Burrow Museum
Early pioneers settled in the Arlington area around 1830. A depot, called Withe Station, was established in 1856. The land was given by General Samuel Jackson Hays. In 1872 his land holdings were sold at public auction and the community became . . . Map (db m76898) HM
13 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — The Country Store
This building was erected around 1890 by the Carnes family, who owned a large farm north of Arlington. Hal Carnes established a grocery. In 1917 it was sold to Clarence Brockwell & while still running the grocery, he operated it as a skating rink . . . Map (db m179118) HM
14 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington — Wade Bolton and Bolton College / Bolton School
Wade Bolton and Bolton College On this site in 1887 upon the Hoboken Plantation was erected the first building of Bolton College, established under the provisions of the will of Wade H. Bolton, prominent landowner, killed in 1869 by a former . . . Map (db m148523) HM
15 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington, Eads — Gray's Creek Baptist Church / Gray's Creek Cemetery
Gray's Creek Baptist Church. This church is Shelby County's oldest African American congregation. It was founded by two free men of color, preachers Simon Price and Joseph "Free Joe" Harris, and numerous slaves, right after its former . . . Map (db m148239) HM
16 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington, Eads — 4E 9 — Old Stagecoach Inn
Just to the north is the site of an old inn used by stagecoach and other travelers between Memphis and eastern settlements from 1829 until stagecoach travel ceased. It was dismantled in 1926.Map (db m74842) HM
17 Tennessee, Shelby County, Arlington, Mary Alice — Mary Alice ParkEstablished 2006
The Town of Arlington welcomes you to Mary Alice Park, formerly the home of Arlington Blending & Packaging Company, a pesticide formulating and packaging facility which operated from 1971 to 1978. In 2005, the Town purchased the land, to be . . . Map (db m148517) HM
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18 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Bartlett Station — The Geographical Center of Shelby County
This site designated as the Geographical Center of Shelby County.Map (db m85898) HM
19 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Bartlett Woods — Bartlett Veterans Memorial
Lest we forget. Erected by citizens of Bartlett to those who served their country in time of need.Map (db m85906) WM
20 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Davies Plantation — Davies ManorSurvivor of War
Davies Manor provides a stunning example of wartime survival. Located just north of the stage route between Memphis and Nashville, the house and surrounding plantation were visited by soldiers from both sides during the Civil War. When the war . . . Map (db m179119) HM
21 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Davies Plantation — 4E 23 — Davies Manor Reported missing
Built near Old Stage Road about 1807, occupied by Logan Early Davies, James Baxter Davies & their descendants for over a century. Named for Zachariah Davies, soldier of the American Revolution. In the path of both armies, 1861-65, it was the scene . . . Map (db m148287) HM
22 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Davies Plantation — Ellen Davies-Rodgers1903-1994
Born Frances Ellen Davies, Mrs. Davies-Rodgers was teacher, school administrator, Shelby County Historian for 30 years, genealogist, author of 10 books (focusing mainly on the Brunswick area and Episcopal Church history), philanthropist. church . . . Map (db m179133) HM
23 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, East Hampton — Gabriel Maston Bartlett1821-1876 — The Man for Whom the City of Bartlett, TN is Named —
Born on November 27, 1821 in Robertson County, TN. Gabriel Bartlett grew up on the family farm near Cedar Hill. He came to Shelby County in the mid-1840s as a young man and married Elizabeth Glasgow of Fayette County in 1846. He bought a tract of . . . Map (db m179134) HM
24 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Ellendale — 4E 90 — Sgt. Walter K. Singleton(1944-1967)
Born in Memphis and graduated from Bartlett High School, Singleton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress for heroism during combat in Vietnam. Serving in the 3rd Marine Division, on March 24, 1967, he charged through heavy enemy . . . Map (db m179137) HM WM
25 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Ellendale — Warren Chapel Pisgah Cemetery
The former site of Warren's Methodist Chapel and cemetery was sold in 1851 by Joseph and Matilda Warren Locke for $20 to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. At this time it became known as Pisgah. The earliest known burial was Sarah C. Bond, . . . Map (db m85584) HM
26 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Four Way — St. Ann Catholic Church
Front On Christmas Eve 1949, parishioner John Maher buried a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague on this site and hopeful Catholics from the area began fund-raising efforts to build the first Catholic church in Bartlett. Within one year . . . Map (db m88647) HM
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27 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Historic Bartlett — Bartlett, Tennessee
A toll road of 1829 became Stage Road, Bartlett's main street. In 1856 the town was called Union Depot. Incorporated in 1866 and named Bartlett for Major Gabriel Matson Bartlett. Shelby County Courts were held here from 1870-1885. In 1885 Bartlett . . . Map (db m7543) HM
28 Tennessee, Shelby County, Bartlett, Historic Bartlett — Nicholas Gotten1832-1919
Nicholas Gotten a native of Spangdahlen, Germany, immigrated to America at the age of 22: worked in the north before coming to Tennessee: established himself as a blacksmith in Union Depot (Bartlett) in 1860: enlisted in the Confederate Army (Co. C. . . . Map (db m6943) HM
29 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Battle of ColliervilleAn Unexpected Guest
Collierville's location on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad made it strategically important throughout the Civil War. Frequently occupied by Union forces, the town found itself in the gun sights of Confederate cavalrymen intent on severing . . . Map (db m37267) HM
30 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Battle of Collierville
(Side one): On Oct. 11, 1863, Gen. James R. Chalmers, with a force of about 3000 Confederate cavalrymen, consisting of the 7th TN, 13th TN, 18th MS, 2nd MO, 2nd AR, and 3rd MS, approached Collierville from the south along Mt. Pleasant Road. . . . Map (db m63137) HM
31 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Chalmers's Collierville Raid"... break the railroad behind him."
Early in November 1863, Union Gen. William T. Sherman was moving east to relieve the Union army at Chattanooga. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston ordered Gen. James R. Chalmers to "harass [Sherman's] rear and break the railroad behind him." . . . Map (db m37269) HM
32 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Civil War Walking Trail Start/End Kiosk
For the citizens of the State of Tennessee during the early 1860's, the violence and bloodshed of combat were not faraway abstractions, nor were they empty statistics in a textbook. The soldiers who fought and died were not anonymous heroes, . . . Map (db m200760) HM
33 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville Christian Church
The Collierville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was originally founded in Fayette County near the close of the Civil War. Construction began at the present location in 1873. Renovations to the building were made in 1906, and again in the . . . Map (db m63135) HM
34 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville Civil War Battles Memorial
Louisa Bedford Chapter No. 642, United Daughters of Confederacy in memory of battles fought at Collierville Tennessee Oct. 11-25-Nov. 3, 1863 Dec. 27-28, 1863 Confederate ParkMap (db m200765) WM
35 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville High School
This land, which was actually in Mississippi until 1838, originally belonged to the Chickasaws. This area has served as a central hub for education in Collierville since 1873, when Bellevue Female College constructed a two story wooden building . . . Map (db m76812) HM
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36 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville United Methodist ChurchSanctuary on the Square
One of two sanctuaries of Collierville United Methodist Church, the Sanctuary on the Square was built in 1900 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South congregation. The Methodists were the first to erect a church in the community and from . . . Map (db m82673)
37 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville, Tenn.
Collierville, first known as Oak Grove, was founded in about 1835 and was named for Jesse R. Collier. The county’s second oldest town was near Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Hwy. 57 on land of Adams, Floyd, Hodge, Collier and the Tharp Grant. In 1837, the . . . Map (db m63134) HM
38 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Collierville, Tennessee Veterans MemorialLest We Forget
In Honor of Collierville Area Veterans Dedicated by Collierville VFW Post 5066 Mickey Locke - Commander Jim Inman - Quartermaster Map (db m149076) WM
39 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Confederate Soldiers Memorial
To those who gave so much to their cause during the great conflict. Brave men lie beneath this ground; some in mass graves near the battlefields where they fell, some in lonely unmarked graves, and some in untended cemeteries across the south. The . . . Map (db m200769) WM
40 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Crisscross Lodge1913
The home of Cecil and Laura Davis Elliott was designed in 1913 by architect Bayard Snowden Cairnes of the Memphis firm Hanker and Cairnes. Cairnes, who was trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, used a unique hexagonal plan that provided a . . . Map (db m37266) HM
41 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — First Baptist Church
By August 1836, before Jesse Collier and Horace Barbee had advertised “Collier Town for Sale” in the Memphis Enquirer, the Baptists had located in the Collierville area. Shiloh Church was established on the north side of State Line Road . . . Map (db m76816) HM
42 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Fort/StockadeCivil War Walking Trail
*Referenced from The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Chapter XLII. Chalmers' Raid Series 1, Volume 30, Part II, page 783. The following is a quote provided by Colonel R. V. . . . Map (db m149072) HM
43 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Herman W. Cox, Jr.
Herman W. Cox, Jr., life long resident of Collierville, was a 1939 graduate of Collierville High School. He served as an elected leader of Collierville, first as alderman in 1959 and Mayor in 1975, retiring in 1999 after serving for 40 years. . . . Map (db m149082) HM
44 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — History Of The Collierville Town SquareLeake-Irby — July 21, 1866 - July 21, 2006 —
In July of 1866, Collierville, like much of the South, was beginning to recover from the ravages of war. Three years earlier, "Mister Collier's Village" consisting of several homes and a general store a few hundred yards east of the square on Mt. . . . Map (db m149075) HM
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45 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Joseph A. Campbell House
The National Register Tennessee Historical Commission Joseph A. Campbell House – 1876 of Historic PlacesMap (db m200768) HM
46 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — McGinnis ParkEstablished 1998
McGinnis Park is dedicated to the memory of Wiley Washington McGinnis (1875 1959), who first landscaped Collierville Square. The park and streets of the 443 acre Schilling Farms development are named for individuals who contributed to the rich . . . Map (db m149054) HM
47 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Memphis & Charleston RailroadCivil War Walking Trail
The Federal troops quickly understood the importance of taking control of railroads and by May 1862 the US Government held the Memphis & Charleston Railroad with few exceptions until the end of the Civil War. Note that there were up to 15,000 Union . . . Map (db m149079) HM
48 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Presbyterian Church of Collierville
In 1844 Salem Presbyterian Church was established in southeast Shelby County. It remained there until 1871 and then relocated to Collierville. The name was changed to the Presbyterian Church of Collierville. The Presbyterians met at the Methodist . . . Map (db m63131) HM
49 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Ridge of the attackCivil War Walking Trail
This is a portion of the ridge where the Confederates faced the occupying Union Forces and General W. T. Sherman in the Battle of Collierville. When you look north toward the railroad and the town square you are standing in the shadows of the . . . Map (db m119227) HM WM
50 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
The corner stone for Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church was laid on April 22, 1890. The church was consecrated on May 27, 1891. Anna Holden, the guiding force in the founding of St. Andrew’s, led a group that raised $3,000 to build the church. The . . . Map (db m63132) HM
51 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Battle of Collierville
On Sunday October 11, 1863, the Confederate forces of Brigadier General James R. Chalmers, consisting of the 7th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Tennessee Cavalry, the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 12th and 18th Mississippi Cavalry and the 2nd Missouri Cavalry, along with . . . Map (db m149140) HM
52 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Original DepotCivil War Walking Trail
Collierville Railroad Depot The first railroad depot in Collierville was located in this vicinity adjacent to the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. A letter was discovered in the Mississippi Library Department of Archives and Special . . . Map (db m149077) HM
53 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Original VillageCivil War Walking Trail
The Original Town Site of Collierville/Colliersville In this area and to the east, lies the original town site of Collierville. The lands that were destined to become Collierville traveled through many periods of history before a village . . . Map (db m149071) HM
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54 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — The Wigfall Grays4th Tennessee Infantry Co. C
(side 1) On April 15, 1861, eighty men from Collierville organized the Wigfall Grays to oppose President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to invade the South. The company was named in honor of Senator Louis T. Wigfall who was well known for . . . Map (db m82843) HM
55 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Tom Brooks Park
Herbert Thomas Brooks served in community leadership roles for over 50 years. His leadership and vision affected almost every facet of the community and can be seen in the physical beauty of Collierville's landscape as well as the design of the . . . Map (db m37271) HM
56 Tennessee, Shelby County, Collierville — Treating the WoundedCivil War Walking Trail
"The expression of American personality through this war is not to be looked for in the great campaign and the battle-fights. It is to be looked for… in the hospitals, among the wounded.” ~ Walt Whitman notebook entry During the Civil War . . . Map (db m149073) HM
57 Tennessee, Shelby County, Cordova — Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston(1875-1963)
Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston, who practiced medicine for more than 58 years in the Cordova area, was born in Scott County, Mississippi, in 1875. His parents were Ritton and Fannie Gresham Pinkston. At age 24 he left home to attend Meharry Medical School . . . Map (db m118383) HM
58 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Bedford PlantationEstablished 1997
The land that is now Bedford Plantation subdivision was once part of 640 acres owned by Julian Bedford (1825-1879), and Virginia R. Kenney Bedford (1830-1916), who settled in 1851 at what was to be known as the Bailey Station community. They . . . Map (db m149053) HM
59 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Confederate GermantownShelby Grays, 4th Tennessee Infantry
Although in 1860, Germantown numbered fewer than 300 people, almost every able-bodied man—85 of them—enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861. They formed the Shelby Grays and were designated Co. A, 4th Tennessee Infantry. The regiment, . . . Map (db m162731) HM
60 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — 386 — Fortunate SurvivorGermantown Presbyterian Church — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
This is the only Germantown church to survive the war, while the town suffered because of its strategic location on the Memphis & Charlestown Railroad. Many male members of the congregation joined the 4th Tennessee Infantry (CSA), while others . . . Map (db m121840) HM
61 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Frances Wright(1795-1852)
In 1825, Scottish-born Frances Wright purchased 1,940 acres of land on this site to establish a utopian colony called Nashoba, an experiment to end slavery. General Lafayette, the French Revolutionary War hero, her host on her voyage to America and . . . Map (db m200775) HM
62 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Germantown Baptist Church Reported missing
Organized circa 1836 as New Hope Baptist Church. Ground given in 1841 by Wilks Brooks, whose family was active in life of the Church for many years. Original building was burned in 1862 when Federal forces had command of community. Present building . . . Map (db m162738) HM
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63 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Germantown Cemetery
Founded by Germantown Methodist Episcopal Church on land bought in 1840 from George P. and Nicey B. Shepherd, early subdividers of the village, this cemetery served the whole community for 125 years. A stone fragment dated 1843 marks the earliest . . . Map (db m84552) HM
64 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — 10 — Germantown Depot
The Germantown Depot, shown in 1927, was constructed in 1858. It served as a passenger station between Memphis and Williston, Tennessee. The depot was also a shipping center and a floral distribution point. The depot burned in 1947 and was rebuilt . . . Map (db m200824) HM
65 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Germantown Road
Germantown Road (formerly Bridge Street), looking south, shows left to right, C.M. Callis Cheap Cash Store, Second Street, George R. King's Store, and the Germantown Fuel Feed and Supply Co. (1905) Visit . . . Map (db m200835) HM
66 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Germantown, Tennessee
The City began in 1833 as the hamlet of Pea Ridge, was renamed Germantown in 1836 and incorporated in 1841. The City of Germantown now includes the site of historic Nashoba Plantation. Union troops occupied the town during the Civil War. Yellow . . . Map (db m74837) HM
67 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Glenn's Grocery and Dr. Seay's Office (1940s)
The office of Dr. John Grundy Seay and Glenn's Grocery were side by side, prior to this site becoming the Germantown Commissary. Visit to learn more about Germantown history.Map (db m200830) HM
68 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — John Gray Historic House
One of the oldest surviving brick residences in Shelby County, the John Gray House, built prior to 1851, is a rare example of a Federal Period hall and parlor plan, middle-class farmhouse. Originally located in Morning Sun, near Eads, it was moved . . . Map (db m83728) HM
69 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Neshoba Junior High School
Land near the present church site was provided to New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church by Mrs. Florida Thompson, a member of a prominent white family of Germantown. The land was made available for a church structure, known then as a brush arbor, . . . Map (db m143164) HM
70 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — Raiding the RailsCivil War in Germantown 1862
During the Civil War, the railroad in front of you was the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Union forces occupied the area soon after the April 1862 Battle of Shiloh and the capture of Memphis on June 6. they used the railroad to transport troops and . . . Map (db m107968) HM
71 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — S.A. Oakley
S.A. Oakley established his mercantile and grocery store at the intersection of Germantown Road and Dogwood Road in 1938. Oakley sold hardware, canned goods, feed, kerosene and candy. After Oakley's death in 1941, his son Minor Oakley operated the . . . Map (db m200826) HM
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72 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — 12 — Southern Railway
A Southern Railway engine making a stop at the Germantown Depot in 1915. Southern Railway operated along these tracks between 1894 and 1990. This Depot served as an office for the Railway Express Agency (REA). It was destroyed by fire in the late . . . Map (db m200834) HM
73 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown — War Comes to GermantownGuarding the Railroad
In 1861, Germantown was divided between secessionists and unionists until the news of Fort Sumter and President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteers tilted the balance in favor of secession. Germantown women announced on April 26, “We…offer . . . Map (db m82844) HM
74 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown, East Germantown — Fort Germantown
This was the site of a Civil War earthwork redoubt built by the Union Army as part of a series of forts guarding the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. The fort is thought to have been built in June 1863 by the 49th Illinois Infantry Regiment and used . . . Map (db m74839) HM
75 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown, Lakes of Forest Hill — First Marine Division Memorial
Dedicated to those men of the First Marine Division, FMF who gave their lives in the service of their country World War II • Korea • Vietnam Southwest AsiaMap (db m200770) WM
76 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown, Lakes of Forest Hill — Shelby County Vietnam War Memorial
In memory of the citizens of Shelby County who gave their lives for their country in the Viet Nam WarMap (db m200773) WM
77 Tennessee, Shelby County, Germantown, South Germantown — Oaklawn Garden
The house was built in 1854 on Wm. Carter's land. Its 493 acres were subdivided in 1872. In 1918 Fritz Hussy and Mamie Cloyes owned and named 20 acres Oaklawn Garden. Harry and Becky Cloyes established a botanical garden and museum of historic . . . Map (db m76905) HM
78 Tennessee, Shelby County, Lakeland, Peeler Meadows — Chambers Chapel United Methodist Church / Chambers Chapel Cemetery
Chambers Chapel United Methodist Church Martha Ann Vaughan Chambers donated an acre of land near Chambers Mineral Springs as a site for a Methodist Episcopal Church South on Nov. 6, 1869. Three wooden frame buildings have stood on this . . . Map (db m88696) HM
79 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 38 — American Cutoff Mile/Greenville, Mississippi/Tarpley CutoffPanel #38 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) American Cutoff Mile Mile 526.5 AHP In the flood of 1858, the Mississippi cut through the neck of American Bend, and the abandoned river bed was renamed Lake Lee. The first steamboat to try to navigate the American Cutoff was the . . . Map (db m115525) HM
80 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — Arkansas & White Rivers
The Mississippi’s southernmost major tributary, the Arkansas, is born from melting snow on the eastern slopes of the Continental Divide near Leadville, Colorado. Its 1,450-mile course drains 160,500 square miles in five states. Despite dramatic . . . Map (db m115008) HM
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81 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — Armstrong Field Reported missing
This was the site of one of the earliest airports in the Memphis area. Named for Lt. Guion Armstrong, a Memphis pilot killed in World War I, it was dedicated Nov. 11, 1926. Charles A. Lindbergh landed here on Oct. 3, 1927 (four months after his . . . Map (db m221425) HM
82 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 39 — Ashbrook Cutoff/Eunice Landing, Arkansas/Arkansas City, ArkansasPanel #39 Mississippi Riverwalkk
A) Ashbrook Cutoff Mile 549.0 AHP Rowdy Bend was the first of four consecutive loops, in this stretch of the river that pilots called the “Greenville Bends.” Rowdy Bend kept getting longer despite efforts to stabilize it, and . . . Map (db m115526) HM
83 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 17 — Baton Rouge, LouisianaPanel #17 Mississippi Riverwalk — Mile 228.4 AHP —
Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana... going navigation on the Mississippi River. ...gas fields in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma... a major processing and transportation... industry. The French built the first fort here in 1819. They . . . Map (db m114996) HM
84 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 6 — Belle Chasse, Louisiana/English Turn Bend/Caernarvon Crevasse/Poydras CrevassePanel #6 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Belle Chasse, Louisiana Mile 75.9 AHP Belle Chasse Plantation was the home of Judah P. Benjamin, often called “the brains of the Confederate government.” He served as Attorney General Secretary of War and Secretary of . . . Map (db m114921) HM
85 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 10 — Bonnet Carre Spillway/Lake PontchartrainPanel #10 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Bonnet Carre Spillway Mile 128.0 AHP Completed in 1935, the Bonnet Carre Spillway protects New Orleans, LA and the levees around it by diverting flood waters into Lake Pontchartrain. The one and a half mile long concrete structure . . . Map (db m114925) HM
86 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 65 — Cairo, IllinoisPanel #65 Mississippi Riverwalk — Mile 954.0 AHP —
Cairo's position at the confluence of the Upper Mississippi and Ohio made it an important river and rail junction in the steamboat era. Changes in America's shipping patterns reduced its role in the 20th Century but it remains an active port and . . . Map (db m114728) HM
87 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — Calvary Cemetery
Consecrated in 1867 to serve the booming populations of the Catholic Irish, Germans and Italians, Calvary became the second Catholic Cemetery in Shelby County. Msgr. Martin Riordan, V.G., of St. Patrick Parish, was a leading proponent and advocate . . . Map (db m19032) HM
88 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 4E 145 — Chew C. Sawyer1918-1973
Chew C. Sawyer was a mid-twentieth century African-American entrepreneur. He founded Sawyer Realty Company, which later became Cornette Realty; Arnette Construction Company; Future Insurance Agency; and Sawyer Rental Agency. In 1956, Sawyer founded . . . Map (db m86448) HM
89 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 4E 169 — Christian Brothers High School / Christian Brothers Band
Christian Brothers High School Christian Brothers High School, the oldest high school for boys in Memphis, opened November 21, 1871 as the secondary department of Christian Brothers College at 612 Adams Avenue. CBC was established by the . . . Map (db m63274) HM
90 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 15 — Claiborne Landing / Carville, Louisiana / Belle GrovePanel #15
A.Claiborne Landing Mile 188.3 AHP This was the plantation home of William C.C. Claiborne. At the age of 21, Claiborne helped write a constitution for the new state of Tennessee and five years later President Jefferson appointed him . . . Map (db m114995) HM
91 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 66 — Commercial Barge TrafficPanel # 66
Barges first appeared on the Mississippi River after the U. S. Civil War, as river interest tried to compete with the railroads’ growing domination. The railroads won this transportation duel and tows practically disappeared from the river until WWI . . . Map (db m115159) HM
92 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — Confederate States of America
When Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861, the Mississippi River became not only a vital commercial waterway, but also a strategic route through the heart of the Confederacy. The river proved to be the South's greatest weakness. At the . . . Map (db m82850) HM
93 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 30 — Davis Island, Mississippi/Kents IslandPanel #30 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Davis Island, Mississippi Mile 415.0 AHP A large bend once curved around this land which the first settlers name Palmyra. Jefferson Davis established his Briercliffe Plantation here in 1835, next to his brother Joseph’s Hurricane . . . Map (db m115167) HM
94 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 62 — Donaldson Point, Missouri/Island No. 8/Hickman, Kentucky/Dorena CrevassePanel #62 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Donaldson Point, Missouri Mile 905.3 AHP Union forces dug a canal across Donaldson Point in 1862 hoping to use it to bypass Confederate batteries at Island No. 10. The canal proved to be too shallow, but the rebels scuttled the . . . Map (db m114731) HM
95 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 14 — Donaldsonville, Louisiana/Bayou Lafourche/Geismar, LouisianaPanel #14 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Donaldsonville, Louisiana Mile 175.0 AHP A trading post was established where Bayou Lafourche met the river in 1750, and a small community grew up around it. Most of the settlers were French, but the town was named . . . Map (db m114994) HM
96 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — Eastland Presbyterian Church
Sunday school held in a schoolhouse led to the formation of Eastland Presbyterian Church November 11, 1906 with Dr. W.H. Gragg, Sr., E.H. Porter and Captain T.H. Savage, Elders. Dr. Gragg secured the lumber for the original frame building from the . . . Map (db m88498) HM
97 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — First Holiday Inn
The world’s first Holiday Inn was opened on this site, August 1, 1952 by Memphis entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson as a result of his unsatisfactory lodging experiences on a vacation the prior summer with his wife Dorothy and their five children. He soon . . . Map (db m63364) HM
98 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — France
France was the first nation to settle and develop the Lower Mississippi. Although they governed it for only 80 years, the French left a lasting impression on the river and its valley. In 1673, Louis Jolliet, a French trader, and Father Jacques . . . Map (db m53731) HM
99 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 4E 109 — G. P. Hamilton
Born in Memphis in 1867, G.P. Hamilton was the author of The Bright Side of Memphis, one of the earliest books on black residents of Memphis. In 1892 Hamilton, an honors graduate of LeMoyne, was appointed principal of Kortrecht, the first . . . Map (db m149022) HM
100 Tennessee, Shelby County, Memphis — 29 — Grand Gulf, Mississippi / Yucatan Cutoff / Big Black RiverPanel #29 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Grand Gulf, Mississippi Mile 407.0 AHP A bluff jutting into the river at the old mouth of the Big Black River created perilous whirlpools that made Grand Gulf notorious among early flatboatmen. The town of Grand Gulf was established . . . Map (db m115164) HM

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