Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Memphis-Shelby County

Marker ID: THC 4E 44
Location: U.S. 51, Shelby County, at Memphis city limits
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


Founded 1819 by Andrew Jackson, John Overton, and James Winchester; the latter named it. Incorporated 1826, population less than 500 and area less than 1 square mile. It has since its original foundations 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.