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Historical Facts about Memphis
Memphis’ first settlers were Native Americans who were drawn to the area’s bluffs overlooking the river. By building their settlements on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, it protected them from flooding, and the mighty river allowed them easy transportation access.
When the explorer Hernando DeSoto and his army arrived here in 1541, they were the first Europeans to see the lower half of the river.
Future United States President Andrew Jackson and two other entrepreneurs – John Overton and James Winchester – saw the financial possibilities of having a city on the bluffs. The men decided to call the place Memphis, which translates roughly into “place of good abode.”
By 1850, Memphis was the largest inland cotton market in the world, an industry that relied on the inhumane foundation of slavery. The city’s location and its reliance on slave labor would prove to be a volatile mix in the near future.
By the mid-1960s, Memphis had begun the slow process of integrating many of the city’s public facilities, but tensions exploded during the city’s sanitation workers’ strike in 1968. Striking sanitation workers wore signs that read “I AM A MAN,” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to the city to lend his support to the workers’ cause. On the evening of April 3, Dr. King gave his famous “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech at the Mason Temple and then returned to his hotel. The next day, Dr. King was assassinated while standing outside of his hotel room on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
Innovation continued throughout the ‘70s as a young entrepreneur named Frederick W. Smith was working hard to create a transportation service that would take advantage of Memphis’ centralized location to speed up the transportation of goods. The result of his efforts, FedEx, has changed the way the world does business and contributes more than 32,000 jobs to the local economy.
In 1977 Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, died at Graceland, his home in the Whitehaven neighborhood. Thousands of mourners turned out to pay their respects to Elvis, lining the street of what is now known as Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Fun Facts about MEM / Memphis Airport
Memphis International Airport (MEM) is a joint civil-military public airport and serves over eleven million passengers each year, connecting southwestern Tennessee with numerous international destinations.
Memphis International Airport is home to the FedEx Express global "SuperHub", which processes a significant portion of the freight carrier's packages. Memphis International Airport also handles more cargo traffic than any other airport in the world, with Federal Express and other freight carriers operating key bases at MEM.
From 1993 to 2009, Memphis had the largest cargo operations by volume of any airport worldwide. Memphis International Airport fell into second position worldwide in 2010, following Hong Kong; it remained the busiest cargo airport in the United States.
Memphis serves as a hub for Delta Air Lines, with routes to destinations across the United States. Memphis ranks as the 41st busiest US airport in terms of passenger boardings (enplanements) with 4,344,231 passengers using the airport in 2011
Memphis International was named the most expensive US airport to fly out of in late 2011, with an average fare of $476.22.