Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Ashburn-Coppock Park

Marker ID: THC 4E 53
Location: Shelby County, in Memphis, Ashburn-Coppock Park, Riverside Drive
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


Named for Maj. Gen. Thomas Q. Ashburn (1874-1941) and Paul R. Coppock (1907-1983). In 1918 Ashburn as a war measure revived river transport by organizing the Federal Barge Lines; a city terminal here called its extra land Ashburn Park. In 1953 it was to be sold; leading protester was noted Memphis journalist-historian Coppock, who called Ashburn "Father of Towboats." Saved, the park in 1957 became part of the city system.