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  April 18, 2016
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.

French Quarter Inn

UTCHS Randolph Hall
Univ. of Tenn. Randolph Hall

The Belvedere of Midtown
Belvedere Apartments - Trousseau -Kroger

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

Kroger, Poplar Plaza, south side

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

Hi-Tone Cafe, live music venue & cafe

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

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

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

The Fairgrounds
The Fairgounds

Anderton’s East restaurant
Anderton’s East restaurant

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


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

Kenrick Hall, Christian Brothers University

Richardson/Central Towers, Univ. of Memphis

Evergreen Presbyterian Church

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

Sears building at Laurelwood

Nathan B. Forrest statue & graves

Allen Steam Plant

Heartbreak Hotel

Tennessee Brewery

Audubon Park

Front Street Deli

Raleigh Springs Mall

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 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)

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, hour long 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.

2016 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.
  •  Tuesday, April 5 - 11:45 a.m. Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour, Meet at Front Street & Union Avenue (Cotton Museum)
  • Sunday, April 10 – 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Parks Tour:  Chickasaw Heritage Park to Crump Park, meet at Chickasaw Heritage Park, Exit 12C on Metal Museum Drive
  • Tuesday, April 12 - 11:45 a.m. Cotton Row Tour, Meet at Front Street & Union Avenue (Cotton Museum)
  • Thursday, April 14 – 5:30 p.m. Beale Street Caravan, Memphis Music Tour, meet at Beale Street Caravan Office, 49 Union Avenue
  • Tuesday, April 19 - 11:45 a.m. Mud Island Walk Bridge Tour, meet at Mud Island Station, 125 North Front Street
  • Saturday, April 23 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Parks Tour: Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana,
    meet at Foot of Monroe Avenue & Riverside Drive

  • Tuesday, April 26 - 11:45 a.m.  Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana, meet at Foot of Monroe Avenue & Riverside Drive
  • Tuesday, May 3 - 11:45 a.m. Beale Street, meet at the Orpheum Theatre, Main Street & Beale Street
  • Tuesday,  May 10 - 11:45 a.m. South Main Street, meet at the Orpheum Theatre, Main Street & Beale Street
  • Tuesday, May 17 - 11:45 a.m. South Front Street, Meet at Hotel Chisca, South Main Street & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
  • Tuesday,  May 24 - 11:45 a.m. Pinch District, meet at Westy's, 346 North Main Street (at Jackson Avenue)
  • Tuesday,  May 31 - 11:45 a.m. Beale Street Landing, meet at 251 Riverside Drive
  • Tuesday, June 7 - 11:45 a.m. River Bluff Walk (Butler Park to Vance Park), meet at Butler Park, 499 Tennessee Street
  • Tuesday,  June 14 - 11:45 a.m. Adams Avenue, meet at Quiltsurround, Northeast Corner of Front Street & Adams Avenue
  • Tuesday,  June 21 - 11:45 a.m. Madison Avenue, meet at University Of Memphis Law School, Front Street & Madison Avenue
  • June 28 - 11:45 a.m. Court Square & Surroundings, Meet at the Hebe Fountain, Court Square

    Jimmy Ogle Shelby County Courthouse Tours, 2016
    Meet at noon at Second Street & Adams Avenue.

    • February 18
    • March 24
    • April 21
    • May 19
    • June 16

    Jimmy Ogle Mississippi River Bridge Walks. 2016
    Meet at Crump Park, 2 p.m.
    • Sunday, March 13
    • Sunday, April 24
    • Sunday, May 15
    • Sunday, June 26

    Jimmy Ogle 2016 Fairgrounds History Walking Tour
    Tours start at 2 p.m. gathering on the north side of the Mid-South Coliseum.
    • February 21
    • March 20
    • April 17
    • May 22
    • June 19

    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
    Ask Vance