Explore Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is a city that borders the Mississippi River in the southwestern corner or the US state of Tennessee (TN). As of 2007, Memphis' population is around 677,272 landing it as the largest city in Tennessee and the 18th largest in the United States.

Memphis was founded in 1819 and was named after the ancient capital of Egypt which bordered the Nile River. Because of its nearly flood-free location, Memphis became a transportation center in the 19th century. Today, Memphis is well known for its renowned musicians like; Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson and B.B. King.

The average high and low in July are 92°F (33°C) and 73°F (23°C), with high levels of humidity from the Gulf of Mexico. Winters are mild to chilly, with average January high and low temperatures of 49°F (9°C) and 31°F (-1°C). Snow does occur occasionally in winter, usually 2 inches or less.

Colleges and universities located in the city include the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University), Rhodes College (formerly Southwestern at Memphis), Memphis College of Art, Le Moyne-Owen College and Crichton College. The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry was founded in 1878 making it the oldest dental college in the South, and the third oldest public college of dentistry in the United States.

One of the largest celebrations the city has is Memphis in May, the month-long series of events includes four main events, the Beale Street Music Festival, International Week, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the Sunset Symphony. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world.

Other places to visit include:

National Civil Rights Museum, Brooks Museum of Art, Graceland, Pink Palace, Memphis Walk of Fame, Mud Island River Park, Victorian Village, Cotton Museum, Beale Street, Sun Studio and the Memphis Zoo.

Memphis is served by Memphis International Airport, which handles more cargo than any other airport in the world as of 2007.


Did you know there are other cities named Memphis?
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Memphis, Michigan
Memphis, Missouri
Memphis, Nebraska
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