Landmark and Legend
Memphis, Tennessee

Here we note legends-in-their-own-time and landmarks as they transition into history — and now also a listing of threatened landmarks!
This site was last updated August 11, 2014

Downtown Museum Day, Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Free or reduced admission to many museums

Notice of intent: originally this site was intended to note inanimate objects that were transitioning into history. At some point, human legends were added. It is thought now that it is better to return to the original purpose. It is expected that in the third quarter of 2014 the people noted on this site will be moved to an archive page and the site will henceforth feature inanimate objects' transition.

If you know of a landmark that is about to fade into history, you may nominate it for inclusion here by sending information to Landmark and Legend. Alphabetical Table of Contents
Historic Tours, Lectures, Meetings, Etc.

Kroger, Poplar Plaza, south side

Visibility of the Memphis International Airport Terminal
Memphis International Airport Terminal Visibility

Maxine Smith

Hi-Tone Cafe, live music venue & cafe

Minerva Johnican

Otis Higgs

John Powell

Photograph not available
Edgar Bailey

Bernard Lansky

Easy Way grocery, 80 North Main Street
Easy-Way grocery, 80 N. Main St.

Lonestar Concrete
Lone Star Concrete

Cleaborn Homes
Cleaborn Homes

2100 Union Avenue
2100 Union Avenue

T. O'Neal Crivens
T. O'Neal Crivens

Marge Thrasher
Marge Thrasher

Marguerite Piazza
Marguerite Piazza

Pyramid Dedication Bricks
Pyramid Dedication Bricks

Some buildings in Poplar Plaza are to be razed for a new, larger Kroger grocery.
Poplar Plaza Addition, Prescott Street Strip

Fortner Furniture/BoJo's Antique Mall clock
Fortner Furniture/BoJo's

The 1977 Air Traffic Control tower at Memphis International Airport.
The 1977 Air Traffic Control Tower at Memphis International Airport

Mason branch, YMCA, Memphis
Alfred D. Mason YMCA

Gene Bartow
Gene Bartow

Highland Street Church of Christ
Highland Street Church of Christ

Photograph not available
T. H. Hayes & Sons Funeral Home

Whitehaven Plaza
Whitehaven Plaza Shopping Center
Various original buildings

Union Avenue Methodist Church
Union Avenue Methodist Church Building

Larry Finch
Larry Finch

The Fairgrounds
The Fairgounds

Benjamin L. Hooks
Benjamin L. Hooks

Charlie Vergos
Charlie Vergos

Dana Kirk
Dana Kirk

Anderton’s East restaurant
Anderton’s East restaurant

Photo not available: Vasco Smith
Vasco Smith

Poplar Tunes record shop, 308 Poplar Ave., Memphis
Poplar Tunes


Fred Cook
Fred Cook

Mid-South Fair in Memphis
Mid-South Fair in Memphis

Baptist Memorial Hospital, Medical Center
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Medical Center

Sweetbriar (Ridgeway Trace) Apartments,
Sweetbriar (Ridgeway Trace) Apartments

Memphis Mental Health Institute
Memphis Mental Health Institute

Benihana Restaurant, distinctive architecture
Benihana Restaurant, pagoda architecture

West Hall, University of Memphis
West Hall, University of Memphis

University Center, University of Memphis
University Center, (Student Center), University of Memphis

Photo not available: Crump Stadium
Crump Stadium

Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes

Billy J. "Spook" Murphy

W. S. "Babe" Howard
W. S. "Babe" Howard

Richardson/Central Towers, Univ. of Memphis

Evergreen Presbyterian Church

Kroger midtown, formerly Seessel's
Kroger/Seessel's building, Union Ave.

The Belvedere of Midtown
Belvedere Apartments - Trousseau -Kroger

Greyhound bus station, downtown Memphis
Greyhound bus station,
203 Union Avenue

Allen Steam Plant

Heartbreak Hotel

Tennessee Brewery

Audubon Park

Front Street Deli

Raleigh Springs Mall

Donnelley J. Hill State Office Building

Hotel Chisca
Hotel Chisca

Highland Street branch, Memphis Public Library
Highland Street branch,
Memphis Public Library

Prospect Elementary School also (MCS South Area Office)
Prospect Elementary School

Longview Middle School
Longview Middle School

UTCHS Randolph Hall
Univ. of Tenn. Randolph Hall

UTCHS Feurt Building
Univ. of Tenn. Feurt Building

UTCHS Beale Building
Univ. of Tenn. Beale Building

Mid-South Coliseum, Fairgrounds
Mid-South Coliseum

Plaza Theatre - Bookstar
Plaza Theater/Bookstar

The Rowland J. Darnell House
Rowland J. Darnell House

Scottish Rite Building

Sterick Building
Sterick Building

Riverfront Cobblestone Landing

Anderson-Coward House
(Justine's Restaurant)

French Quarter Inn

part of the public Promenade in Memphis
Public Promenade on the
Mississippi River Bluff

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Free History Walking Tours

Historic Downtown Walking ToursJimmy Ogle offers free, handicapped accessible, 45 minute tours of downtown Memphis accompanied by fascinating historical information he presents in a fun and informative way. He has several tours, each covering more or less 4-blocks of historic downtown. In addition, Jimmy Ogle leads tours of the historic Shelby County Courthouse, and walks on the Mississippi River bridge.

2014 Fall Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, each Jimmy Ogle free public downtown  walking history tour begins at 11:45 a.m. and last about 45 minutes. Most are Tuesday Tours.
  • September 16 - Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Cotton Museum, Union & Front)
  • September 23 - Beale Street Landing (meet at 251 Riverside Drive)
  • September 30 - South Main Street (meet at Hotel Chisca, at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue)
  • October 7 - Pinch District (meet at Westy's, 346 North Main)
  • October 14 - Adams Avenue (meet at Front & Adams)
  • October 21 - Madison Avenue (meet at Front & Madison, University of Memphis Law School)
  • October 28 - Beale Street (meet at Orpheum Theatre)
  •  November 4 - Court Square & Surroundings (meet at Court Square, Hebe Fountain)
  • THURSDAY, November 6 - **SPECIAL** - The South November 6th, 1934 Street Tour (meet at Elvis Presley Plaza on Beale Street)

Jimmy Ogle Shelby County Courthouse Tours, 2014
Meet at noon at Second Street & Adams Avenue.

  • Thursday, June 19
  • Thursday, July 17
  • Thursday, August 21
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Thursday, October 16
  • Thursday, November 20
  • Thursday, December 18
Jimmy Ogle Mississippi River Bridge Walks
Meet at Crump Park, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 14
  • Sunday, October 19
  • Sunday, November 9

The downtown walking history tours are "not to be missed." Some people, like the editor of this web site, go again and again, enjoy it every time, and wish some of that historical information would sink into memory. Then again, maybe it's more fun to "learn" about downtown over and over. See you there!




Don't miss the Jimmy Ogle walking tours of historic downtown Memphis!

Jimmy Ogle shares history tidbits with a group

Other web sites of related interest:
Memphis Heritage, Inc.
Memphis Landmarks Commission
Original Memphis
Friends for Our Riverfront
The Tennessee Preservation Trust
Jimmy Ogle Tours
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