Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Burkle Estate

Marker ID: THC 4E 99
Location: 826 North 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 09.886    W 090° 02.608
  35.16476666    -90.04346666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM264G


In the years immediately preceding the Civil War, Jacob Burkle operated the Memphis Stockyards on this site. Herdsmen seeking shelter and respite at Chelsea House found the stock-yards a convenient custody station for their livestock. Folklore persists, however, that the estate was also a haven for slaves escaping to freedom on the underground railroad.