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Memphis Information

Memphis Information As the 18th largest city in the United States. Memphis boasts a population of 680,768 within the city limits. The median income for Memphis citizens is approximately $36,000. The average summer temperature in Memphis is a comfortable 80 degrees.

Chickasaw Indians living along the wooded river bluffs of the Mississippi River were the original citizens of the land. Sieur de LaSalle established Fort Prudhomme in 1682 with the French erecting Fort Assumption in 1739. John Overton, James Winchester and Andrew Jackson founded Memphis in 1819. Many Irish and German immigrants were the first citizens of the newly founded city. Shops, businesses, churches and schools were soon established.

A large cotton trade connected Memphis to the industrialists in the northern states. Loyalties were split during the Civil War due to ties to the north and slave labor. A yellow fever epidemic hit the city in 1878 bringing death. The city has been referred to by several nicknames including Birthplace of Rock and Roll, Home of the Blues, Bluff City and River City.

Hard Rock Café – Located at 315 Beale Street, the Hard Rock Café is a Memphis tradition. The historical building that houses the Hard Rock Café has served as a saloon and also as a recording studio. The Hard Rock Café chefs are sure to please the palate from smokehouse bar-b-que to the famous burgers and even nachos.

Cheesecake Corner – Conveniently located in downtown Memphis at 113 E. Ge Patterson Avenue Cheesecake Corner has a 91% approval rating. The restaurant boasts a variety of delectable flavors of cheesecake, quiche and other flavorful menu items.

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken – Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is located at 310 S. Front Street. For a real taste of southern cooking, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is a tasty choice. The restaurant is a southern/soul diner with a menu offering specialty items including fried pickles, fried green tomatoes and of course fried chicken.

Tourist Attractions:
Beale Street – Beale Street located in downtown Memphis is lined with blues clubs and restaurants. Each spring the street is home to the Beale Street Music Festival featuring well-known musicians.

Graceland Mansion – The home of Elvis Presley, King of Rock and Roll, Graceland Mansion is located at 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard. Year round tours are available. Hours of operation may vary. Group admission rates are offered. The facility is handicap accessible and includes motor coach parking.

National Civil Rights Museum – The museum is located at 450 Mulberry Street. Operational hours vary by season. Senior citizen and student discounts are available. The façade of the historic Lorraine Hotel is on display, as well as other Civil Rights related artifacts.