First settled by the Mississippian culture and then by the Chickasaw Indian tribe, Memphis was founded on its river trade and railroad connections. Still reliant today as a service and trading hub, the location has proven to be integral in Memphis’ growth and stability.
With several area fairs and festivals, annual festivities are prevalent year-round. In the Cooper-Young District of Midtown, the Cooper-Young Annual Art Festival draws artists from all over North America. Art sales, concerts and displays from over 300 artisans nationwide make this festival one of Midtown’s most anticipated events.
While the art and culture of Midtown may be a resident favorite, conversely, the Mid-South is considered the duck-hunt capital of the world. The largest international wetlands conservation organization is headquartered in Memphis. Hunting in the Memphis area is unparalleled offering boar, coyote, deer, rabbit, raccoon and turkey. Within an hour’s drive, residents can fish in the one of four stocked lakes for bass, blue gill and trout. Camping and outdoor recreation can be enjoyed within a day trip to one of the ten state parks, eight lakes or four rivers in the area. Even within the city limits, one can enjoy one of 230 parks, 26 community centers, 25 golf courses, many public pools and country clubs. If sports are more your speed, the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, baseball’s Memphis Redbirds and the hockey team of the Memphis Riverkings all play in the area.
Legendary Beale Street is the entertainment hub for the entire region with a plethora of bluesy nightclubs and restaurants. The Pinch District is a mix of bars and bistros, while the Pyramid hosts several sporting events. The Highland Strip is also a main entertainment area, especially with students from the neighboring University of Memphis. Additionally, with a long culinary legacy, East Memphis is known for the abundance of locally owned barbeque restaurants to tempt the palate.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the music, the historical significance or the economic stability, Midtown Memphis and the surrounding neighborhoods offer its residents the best of what southern living has to offer.
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