Memphis has many firsts to brag about. There are many noted music wizards who breathe their first and last in this Timbre-land. When it comes to population, no other city in Tennessee is as populous as the City of Blues. This Bluff City has many assets and perks to lay claim to, like, an NBA destination, unparalleled barbeque joints, most iconic Beale Street, FedEx cargo airport, and the list goes on. Indeed, it is a land of unprecedented, notable folks and institutions. Visit the blues city and unearth its astonishing hidden facts!
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1. It is home to world-renowned music maestros, namely,‘The Father of the Blues,’ W.C. Handy; King of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ Elvis Presley; B.B.King; and a lot of others. As a corollary, Memphis is called as 'The City of Blues' and 'The Land of Rock 'n' Roll.'
2. James Winchester, Nashville, John Overton, and Andrew Jackson together established Memphis city and Jackson named the city after an old Egyptian City.
3. Being situated at a bluff overlooking at Mississippi River, the city is fondly called as 'The Bluff City.'
4. Memphis is the ‘Barbequed Pork Capital of the World,' hence people with strong penchant for barbeque food owe a visit to this bluff city.
5. The city of blues is revered as a top medical and educational center worldwide.
6. Contributing remarkably towards Tennessee's economy, Memphis is seen as a leading wholesale and retailer city in South.
7. The city boasts the headquarter of FedEx's cargo airport, the largest cargo operation around the globe.
8. Memphis has the unfortunate site of National Civil Rights Museum in the honor of Civil Rights Movement leader, Martin Luther King Jr. It was built at the site of Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead.
9. To pay tribute to the music legend, Elvis Presley, his white-mansion, Graceland, has been made open to visitors so that they can visit his grave and get lucky to have a close look at his collections of medals, photos, trophies, exclusive vintage cars, and many other belongings.
10. Elvis Presley started his career at Sun Studios in Memphis.
11. Silky O' Sullivan, a famous pub at Beale Street, once made an Irish diving goat, namely, Maynard, paradedaround the Grizzlies’ home arena. That goat caught the attention as a beer drinking goat. You can still catch a glimpse of a beer drinking goat there.
12. Beale Street is popularly known as the 'Iconic Street in US.' During Civil War, it was home to Union Headquarter.
13. The city has been revered ad the best NBA destination since years.
14.Clarence Saunders' first Piggly Wiggly store was opened in Memphis in 1916.
15. With the passage of time, Memphis grew as a major player in the race of cotton industry.
16. Memphis is the birthplace of famous heart-throb Justin Timberlake.
17. The bluff city is also known as 'Distribution Center of US.'