Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Fort Pickering

Marker ID: THC 4E 34
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, at Tom Lee Park, Riverside Drive
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


Around 1800, near the current site of the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge, Capt. Zebulon Pike established this U.S. Army fort, named for Secretary of War Timothy Pickering. It remained as an Indian trading post until the end of the War of 1812. During the Civil War, the Union Army constructed a large earthw.ork fort with the same name, stretching along the bluffs from Beale Street to DeSoto Park.


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Historic Memphis: Fort Pickering