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Memphis, Tennessee
MEMPHIS is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee
Tennessee
and the county seat of Shelby County . The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff , south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi
Mississippi
rivers. Memphis had a population of 652,717 in 2016, making it the second largest city in the state of Tennessee
Tennessee
after Nashville. It is the largest city on the Mississippi
Mississippi
River, the third largest in the greater Southeastern United States , and the 25th largest in the United States. The greater Memphis metropolitan area , including adjacent counties in Mississippi
Mississippi
and Arkansas
Arkansas
, had a 2014 population of 1,317,314. This makes Memphis the second-largest metropolitan area in Tennessee, surpassed by metropolitan Nashville . Memphis is the youngest of Tennessee's major cities, founded in 1819 as a planned city by a group of wealthy Americans including judge John Overton and future president Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
. A resident of Memphis is referred to as a Memphian, and the Memphis region is known, particularly to media outlets, as Memphis and the Mid-South
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Memphis, Egypt
MEMPHIS (Arabic : مَنْف‎‎ Manf pronounced ; Greek : Μέμφις) was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch , the first nome of Lower Egypt
Egypt
. Its ruins are located near the town of Mit Rahina, 20 km (12 mi) south of Giza
Giza
. According to legend related by Manetho , the city was founded by the pharaoh Menes
Menes
. Capital of Egypt
Egypt
during the Old Kingdom
Old Kingdom
, it remained an important city throughout ancient Mediterranean history . It occupied a strategic position at the mouth of the Nile delta , and was home to feverish activity. Its principal port, Peru-nefer, harboured a high density of workshops, factories, and warehouses that distributed food and merchandise throughout the ancient kingdom. During its golden age, Memphis thrived as a regional centre for commerce, trade, and religion. Memphis was believed to be under the protection of the god Ptah
Ptah
, the patron of craftsmen. Its great temple , Hut-ka- Ptah
Ptah
(meaning "Enclosure of the ka of Ptah"), was one of the most prominent structures in the city. The name of this temple, rendered in Greek as Aί γυ πτoς (Ai-gy-ptos) by the historian Manetho, is believed to be the etymological origin of the modern English name Egypt. The history of Memphis is closely linked to that of the country itself
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City
A CITY is a large and permanent human settlement . CITIES generally have extensive systems for housing , transportation , sanitation , utilities , land use , and communication . Their density facilitates interaction between people and businesses, sometimes benefiting both parties in the process. Historically citydwellers have been a small proportion of humanity overall, but today, following two centuries of unprecedented and rapid urbanization , half of the world population is said to live in cities. Present-day cities usually form the core of larger metropolitan areas and urban areas , creating numerous commuters traveling towards city centers for employment, entertainment, and edification. The most populated city proper is Shanghai while the largest metropolitan areas also include the Greater Tokyo Area and Jabodetabek ( Jakarta ). The cities of Faiyum , Damascus , and Varanasi are among those laying claim to longest continual inhabitation
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Downtown Memphis
DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE is the central business district of Memphis, Tennessee and is located along the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
between Interstate 40 to the north, Interstate 55 to the south and I-240 to the east, where it abuts Midtown Memphis . It is home to the Memphis Redbirds , the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals , and the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
NBA team. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Downtown Airport * 2 Overview * 2.1 Buildings * 3 Districts and neighborhoods * 3.1 Downtown Core * 3.2 Districts "> The Memphis river landing (1906) Downtown is the oldest part of the city and includes the riverfront and the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi
Mississippi
river. The founders of Memphis dedicated the riverfront to the public "now and forever" as long as the public use continued. The land overlooking the riverfront was originally planned to become a "public promenade" to be called Mississippi
Mississippi
Row. The upper riverfront became the site of the river landing where steamboats were loaded with cotton and other goods in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1844 and 1886 the river landing was paved with limestone and granite cobblestones brought in from the upper Midwest
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Beale Street
BEALE STREET is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee , which runs from the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km). It is a significant location in the city's history, as well as in the history of the blues . Today, the blues clubs and restaurants that line Beale Street
Beale Street
are major tourist attractions in Memphis. Festivals and outdoor concerts periodically bring large crowds to the street and its surrounding areas. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Attractions * 3 Musical references * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORY Beale Street
Beale Street
in 1974 Beale Street
Beale Street
in 2014 Rex Billiard Hall for Colored, Beale Street, 1939. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott . Beale Street
Beale Street
was created in 1841 by entrepreneur and developer Robertson Topp (1807–1876), who named it for a forgotten military hero. The original name was BEALE AVENUE. Its western end primarily housed shops of trade merchants, who traded goods with ships along the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
, while the eastern part developed as an affluent suburb. In the 1860s, many black traveling musicians began performing on Beale
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Graceland
GRACELAND is a mansion on a 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) estate in Memphis, Tennessee that was owned by Elvis Presley . It is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the vast Whitehaven community, about 9 miles (14.5 km) from Downtown and less than four miles (6 km) north of the Mississippi border. It currently serves as a museum. It was opened to the public on June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991, and declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. Graceland is the second most-visited house in America with over 650,000 visitors a year; second only to the White House . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Architecture * 2.1 Exterior * 2.2 Interior * 2.2.1 First floor * 2.2.2 Second floor * 2.2.3 Basement * 3 Estate * 4 Tourist destination * 5 Notable visitors * 6 The name or reference of "Graceland" use in pop culture * 7 Gallery * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links HISTORY Graceland Farms was originally owned by Stephen C. Toof, founder of S.C. Toof "> Graceland main entrance sign After Elvis Presley began his musical career, he purchased a $40,000 home for himself and his family at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, TN
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Memphis Pyramid
The MEMPHIS PYRAMID, initially known as the GREAT AMERICAN PYRAMID, formerly referred to as the PYRAMID ARENA and locally referred to as THE PYRAMID, was originally built as a 20,142-seat arena located in downtown Memphis , in the U.S. state of Tennessee
Tennessee
, at the banks of the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
. The facility was built in 1991 and was originally owned and operated jointly by the city of Memphis and Shelby County ; Shelby County sold its share to Memphis in April 2009. Its structure plays on the city's namesake in Egypt , known for its ancient pyramids . It is 321 feet (98 m) (about 32 stories) tall and has base sides of 591 feet (180 m); it is by some measures the tenth-tallest pyramid in the world. The Memphis Pyramid
Pyramid
has not been regularly used as a sports or entertainment venue since 2004. In 2015, the Pyramid
Pyramid
re-opened as a Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops
"megastore", which includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range, with an outdoor observation deck adjacent to its apex
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Hernando De Soto Bridge
The HERNANDO DE SOTO BRIDGE is a through arch bridge carrying Interstate 40 across the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
between West Memphis, Arkansas
Arkansas
, and Memphis
Memphis
, Tennessee
Tennessee
. Memphians also call the bridge the "New Bridge", as it is newer than the Memphis
Memphis
"> Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
Bridge from Martyr's Park in Memphis
Memphis
* Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
Bridge illuminated at night * Crossing into Memphis
Memphis
on the Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
Bridge SEE ALSO * Bridges portal * Arkansas
Arkansas
portal * Tennessee
Tennessee
portal * List of crossings of the Lower Mississippi River
Mississippi River
REFERENCES * ^ Teresa R. Simpson (2008-02-17). "About.com:Memphis:The Mississippi
Mississippi
River". About.com. Retrieved 2008-11-11. * ^ Chris Conley, Richard Locker (2007-08-27). "Bridge reopens after review". Commercial Appeal. Memphis, TN
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Feeder Bluff
The geomorphological term FEEDER BLUFF is not a standard, widely accepted geologic term; its use has been limited to the Puget Sound region. The concept was apparently first discussed at Western Washington University . The term FEEDER BLUFF has been applied to certain coastal cliffs or headlands that provide sediment to down-current beaches as the result of wave action on the bluff. A bluff will be more susceptible to erosion if the sediment is unconsolidated, and more resistant in crystalline rocks, like granite. Rocks that are heavily fractured are also very likely to suffer from erosion because the water can flow between the cracks to speed up the process. A bluff will retreat towards land as the erosion processes continue. The term has not been extensively researched; specific criteria have not been developed to distinguish "feeder bluffs" from other types of bluffs ; and quantities and rates of sediment supply to beaches and the littoral drift are unspecified and unknown. The overall contribution of "feeder bluffs" to beach processes, unlike the well-researched effects of sediment from rivers, is still undetermined. REFERENCES * Easterbrook, Don J. (1999). Surface Processes and Landforms (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-860958-0
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Blues
BLUES is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions , African-American work songs , spirituals , and folk music . Blues incorporated spirituals , work songs , field hollers , shouts , chants , and rhymed simple narrative ballads . The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz , rhythm and blues and rock and roll , is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions , of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or "worried notes"), usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch , are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove . Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times. It was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the AAB pattern , consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, and then a longer concluding line over the last bars. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the troubles experienced in African-American society
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Tennessee
TENNESSEE (/tɛnᵻˈsiː/ (_ listen )) ( Cherokee
Cherokee
: ᏔᎾᏏ, translit. Tanasi_) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States
United States
. Tennessee
Tennessee
is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States
United States
. Tennessee
Tennessee
is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia
Virginia
to the north, North Carolina
North Carolina
to the east, Georgia , Alabama
Alabama
, and Mississippi
Mississippi
to the south, and Arkansas
Arkansas
and Missouri
Missouri
to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River
Mississippi River
forms the state's western border. Nashville is the state's capital and largest city, with a population of 660,388. Tennessee's second largest city is Memphis , which has a population of 652,717. The state of Tennessee
Tennessee
is rooted in the Watauga Association , a 1772 frontier pact generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians
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List Of Counties In Tennessee
This is a LIST OF THE 95 COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE . A county is a local level of government smaller than a state and typically larger than a city or town , in a U.S. state or territory. As of 2010, Shelby County was both Tennessee's most populous county, with 927,644 residents, and the largest county in area, covering an area of 755 sq mi (1,955 km2). The least populous county was Pickett County (4,945) and the smallest in area was Trousdale County , covering 114 sq mi (295 km2). As of the same year, Davidson County , in which the capital Nashville is located, covers 502 sq mi (1,300 km2) with a population of 569,891. The population of the state of Tennessee as of the 2000 census was 5,689,283 in an area of 42,169 sq mi (109,217 km2). The oldest county is Washington County , founded in 1777. The most recently formed county is Chester County (1879). According to the 2000 census, the center of population for Tennessee was located at 35°47′45″N 86°23′52″W / 35.795862°N 86.397772°W / 35.795862; -86.397772 , 2.5 mi (4.0 km) south of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County . The center of population pinpoints the location at which the population of the state, as placed on a map of the state where they reside, would balance out the map. The geographic center , the point where the map of Tennessee would balance without the population, is located 5 mi (8 km) northeast of Murfreesboro
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Shelby County, Tennessee
SHELBY COUNTY is a county in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Tennessee
Tennessee
. As of the 2010 census , the population was 927,644. It is the state's largest county both in terms of population and geographic area. Its county seat is Memphis , the second most populous city in Tennessee. The county was named for Governor Isaac Shelby (1750–1826) of Kentucky. Shelby County is part of the Memphis, TN-MS -AR Metropolitan Statistical Area . It is bordered on the west by the Mississippi
Mississippi
River . Within the Mississippi
Mississippi
Delta , the county developed as a center of cotton plantations in the antebellum era, and cotton continued as an important commodity crop well into the 20th century. The economy has become more diversified
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Municipal Incorporation
A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION is the legal term for a local governing body , including (but not necessarily limited to) cities , counties , towns , townships , charter townships , villages , and boroughs . The term can also be used to describe municipally-owned enterprises. CONTENTS* 1 Municipal corporation as local self-government * 1.1 Canada * 1.2 India * 1.3 Ireland * 1.4 United States * 2 Municipal corporation as enterprises * 3 See also * 4 References MUNICIPAL CORPORATION AS LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENTMunicipal incorporation occurs when such municipalities become self-governing entities under the laws of the state or province in which they are located. Often, this event is marked by the award or declaration of a municipal charter . A CITY CHARTER or TOWN CHARTER (generically, MUNICIPAL CHARTER) is a legal document establishing a municipality such as a city or town . The concept developed in Europe during the Middle Ages and is considered to be a municipal version of a constitution . With the notable exceptions of the City of London Corporation and the Laugharne Corporation , the term has fallen out of favour in the United Kingdom, but the concept remains central to local government in the United Kingdom , as well as former British colonies such as Canada and India
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Namesake
A NAMESAKE is a person named after another. _Namesake_ may also refer to a thing, such as a company, place, ship, building, or concept, named after a person. In general, the second recipient of a name, named for the first, is said to be the _namesake_ of the first. The attribution can, however, go in the opposite direction, with _namesake_ referring to the original holder of the name (the eponym ). The word is first recorded in the mid-seventeenth century, and probably comes from the phrase "for name's sake". USAGENaming a child after a relative, friend, or well-known person is a common practice in the English-speaking world. When a son is named for his father, it is customary (primarily in the United States ) to add "Jr.", "III'", or another name suffix to the name of the son (and sometimes "Sr." or a prior number to the father's name), in order to distinguish between individuals; especially if both father and son become famous, as in the case of poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. , and his son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. , an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court . Sometimes the "Jr." or "Sr." suffix is applied even when the child's legal name differs from that of the parent. One notable example is that of the singer Hiram King Williams, known professionally as Hank Williams , and his son Randall Hank Williams, known professionally as Hank Williams Jr
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