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Full text of "Memphis, the metropolis of Tennessee"

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lEMPHIS, the county seat of Shelby County, is located on a high bluff, overlooking the great 
Mississippi, and it is from a fancied similarity in location that Andrew Jackson gave to it 
the name of its ancient Egyptian prototype on the river Nile. The city was incorporated in 
1826, although at the time it could only boast a population of barely three hundred inhabi- 
tants. During the eighty odd years which have elapsed since that date — in spite of several 
reverses — the city has developed into the acknowledged metropolis of Tennessee with a 
population of over one hundred and fifty thousand. 

Here is the first inland cotton market in the world. In the surrounding agricultural district is produced 
over one-tenth of the entire cotton production of the world, almost oue-eighth of the annual crop in the United 
States. Memphis also stands first as the largest hard wood lumber market in the world and ranks as the sixth 
city in the list of grocery markets in the United States. As a financial center the city stands pre-eminent in 
the South. The total of bank clearings of Memphis exceed the combined totals of Atlanta, Nashville, 
Chattanooga and Birmingham. 

Memphis is a city of beautiful homes. Miles of electric car lines supply rapid transit to the citizens. The 
streets are well-kept and the public buildings and business blocks exhibit a grade of architecture decidedly 
above the average. Two modern theatres and a grand opera house contribute to supply the citizens with all 
that is best in the dramatic art. 

The great river supplies a cheap method of transportation and ten lines of railroads put Memphis in close 
connection with all the great trade centers. 

The city has an established reputation as the gateway to many famous pleasure resorts, especially 
Raleigh Springs, noted for its medicinal waters and splendid hotels. The American horse racing season 
begins in Memphis every spring and fall. Here is located the fastest racing track in the world, and the large 
purses invariably attract the attendance of the best horses of the American turf, and their noted owners, 
trainers and jockeys. 



Published by S. H. KRESS & COMPANY, 



Memphis, Torn. 



Copyrinhl. 1907. by P. J. Lcighloi 




MAIN STREET LOCJKING NORTH FROM MrCALL 




MADISON STREET LOOKING WEST. THE "WALL STREET" OF MEMPHIS 





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COURT SQUARE LOOKING SOUTH 




SKY SCRAPER DISTRICT 




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CUSTOM HOUSE AND POST OFFICE 




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MEDICAL COLLEGE 













SCIMITAR BUILDING 




MASONIC TEMPLE 







CRAY'S STUDIO 



NINETEENTH CENTURY CLUI 




CITY HOSPITAL 




EQUITABLE BUILDIN 



THE D. T. PORTER Bl'ILDING 



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GA1 OSO HOTEL 




WOMEN'S EXCHANGE 



GERMANIA HALL 




CENTRAL STATION. FIRE DEPARTMENT 



PUMPING STATION, ARTESIAN WATER DEPARTMENT 











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DRIVEWAY. OVERTON PARK 



GRAND STAND. MONTGOMERY PARK 




TYPICAL MEMPHIS RESIDENCES 




lEMPHIS RESIDKNCtS 




SOME MEMPHIS HOMES 




INTERIOR OF TWO MEMPHIS CHURCHES 




k'HARF SCENE 




MEMPHIS BRIDGE ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI 




PLOWING conoN 



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PICKING COTTON 




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