Historic Markers Across Tennessee

DeSoto Mounds

Marker ID: THC 4E 32
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, northeast corner of DeSoto Park
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


This ancient Indian village may well have been visited by DeSoto in 1541 and may have been one of the towns he called Quiz Quiz. The two large mounds were built as substructures for Temples. During the years this site was incorporated within Fort Pickering. The westernmost mound was hollowed south to make a powder storeroom, and guns were entrenched on its summit overlooking the Mississippi River.