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 January 18, 2015

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.
UTCHS Randolph Hall
Univ. of Tenn. Randolph Hall

The Belvedere of Midtown
Belvedere Apartments - Trousseau -Kroger

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

Richardson/Central Towers, Univ. of Memphis

Evergreen Presbyterian Church

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

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 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.

2015 Spring 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.
  • Sunday, March 22 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series:  Chickasaw Heritage Park to Crump Park (meet at Chickasaw Heritage Park, Exit 12C on Metal Museum Drive)
  • April 7 - The Original Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour (meet at Union & Front)
  • April 14 - Cotton Row (meet at Union & Front)
  • April 21 - Mud Island Walk Bridge (meet at 125 North Front Street)
  • Sunday, April 26 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series: Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana (meet at Foot of Monroe Avenue & Riverside Drive)
  • April 28 - Cobblestone Wharf & Sultana (meet at Foot of Monroe at Riverside)
  • May 5 - Beale Street (meet at Main & Beale)
  • May 19 - South Main Street (meet at Main & Dr. MLK, Jr. Avenue)
  • May 26 - Pinch District (meet at Main & Jackson)
  • Sunday, May 31 - 2:00 p.m.
    Riverfront Park Series: Martyrs Park to Ashburn-Coppock Park
    (meet at Martyrs Park, Channel 3 Drive)
  • June 2 -Beale Street Landing (meet at 125 Riverside Drive)
  • June 9 - River Bluff Walk (meet at Butler Park on the South Bluffs, Tennessee Street)
  • June 16 - Adams Avenue (meet at Front & Adams)
  • June 23 - Madison Avenue (meet at Front & Madison)
  • Sunday, June 28 - 2:00 p.m. Riverfront Park Series:  Greenbelt Park (meet at Greenbelt Park South Parking Lot, 000 Island Drive North)
  • June 30 - Court Square & surroundings (meet at Court Square)

Jimmy Ogle Shelby County Courthouse Tours, 2015
Meet at noon at Second Street & Adams Avenue.

  • Thursday, January 15
  • Thursday, February 19
  • Thursday, March 19
  • Thursday, April 16
  • Thursday, May 21
  • Thursday, June 18
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Thursday, September 17
  • Thursday, October 15
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Thursday, December 17
Jimmy Ogle Mississippi River Bridge Walks. 2015
Meet at Crump Park, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15
  • Sunday, April 12
  • Sunday, May 17
  • Sunday, June 21
  • Sunday, September 20
  • Sunday, October 18
  • Sunday, November 15

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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