Memphis is a city in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County. Memphis rises above the Mississippi River on the 4th Chickasaw Bluff just south of the mouth of the Wolf River.
As of 2007, Memphis had an estimated population of 674,028, making it the largest city in the state of Tennessee, the second largest in the Southeastern United States, and the 18th largest in the United States
Memphis is home to a number of nationally and internationally-known corporations, including approximately 150 businesses from 22 countries. These include the corporate headquarters of FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated, International Paper, and Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc.. In addition, Memphis is home to pharmaceutical/healthcare giant Schering-Plough Corporation. Located on Jackson Avenue, Schering-Plough Healthcare Products serves as both the company’s primary distribution facilty and research & development center.
The entertainment and film industry have discovered Memphis in recent years. Several major motion pictures have been filmed in Memphis, including The Firm (1993), Cast Away (2000), Hustle and Flow (2006) and Walk the Line (2005).
Graceland, the former home of Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Elvis Presley, is one of the most visited houses in the United States (second only to the White House), attracting over 600,000 domestic and international visitors a year. Featured at Graceland are two of Presley’s private airplanes, his extensive automobile and motorcycle collection and other Elvis memorabilia. On November 7, 1991 Graceland was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is located in the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It includes a historical overview of the American civil rights movement.
Blues fans can visit Beale Street, where a young B.B. King used to play his guitar. He occasionally still appears there at the club bearing his name, which he partially owns. Street performers play live music, and bars and clubs feature live entertainment around the clock. In 2008, Beale Street is the most visited tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee.
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