Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Fort Pickering

Marker ID: THC 4E 81
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


A fort named for Timothy Pickering, U.S. Secretary of State, stood near here 1799-1814. Zachary Taylor was a commandant Here in 1801 the U.S. signed with the Chickasaws and Choctaws the treaty opening the Natchez Trace. In the 1840s a town of Ft. Pickering was laid out, but in 1870 was annexed by Memphis. After the fall of the city in June 1862, Federal forces built a large fort also named Pickering, reaching south from Vance Ave. to include DeSoto Park. Part of Ashburn-Coppock Park was in the inner "keep."

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.


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Historic Memphis: Fort Pickering