Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Gayoso House

Marker ID: THC 4E 36
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Front Street, between McCall and Gayoso
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


Opened in 1842, named for the early Spanish governor, this hotel's main entrance was originally here. Capt. William H. Forrest, raiding into Memphis under his famous brother the early morning of Aug. 21, 1864, rode his horse into the lobby, searching for Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, quartered in the hotel, who was then sleeping elsewhere.