Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tennessee Relocation

Memphis was founded in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. The site atop the fourth Chickasaw bluff, they felt, was an ideal place for the city they envisioned. The location provided a certain amount of natural security: it had served as a fort for early French and Spanish explorers, and the high bluffs created a natural barrier against periodic flooding from the Mississippi River.

 

Memphis grew into the world’s largest spot cotton market and the world’s largest hardwood lumber market. Into the 1950s, it was the world’s largest mule market.  Memphis is well known for its cultural contributions to the identity of the American South. Many renowned musicians grew up in and around Memphis and moved from the Mississippi Delta.  Including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, B.B king, Aretha Franklin and many others.

 

Median household income: $32,285

per 2010 census.