Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Shelby County / Memphis

Marker ID: THC 4E 47
Location: 6282 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 6.06    W 089° 51.227
  35.101    -89.85378333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Shelby County
Established 1819; named in honor of

who, along with Andrew Jackson, as appointed United States Commissioner; together they arranged the purchase of the Western District from the Chickasaw Indian Nation in 1818.


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

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.