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Memphis is located in Shelby County and it is the county seat. It lies in the southwest corner of the state along Interstate 40, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Nearby are T.O. Fuller and Meeman Shelby Forest state parks. Memphis' annual average temperature is 62 degrees and its yearly average precipitation is 49 inches. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 603,507, a decrease of 15,145 since 1990.

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first discovered the Mississippi River near here in 1541. During its early days, Memphis was a stopping point for showboats. In 1878, the last of five yellow fever epidemics left the city nearly deserted.

A sampler of area attractions includes the Memphis in May International Festival; Mud Island, an exhibit of the geological profile of the Mississippi River; and the 32-story Pyramid Arena, third largest pyramid in the world. The city is the home of Memphis State University.

Memphis is part of the Memphis, Tennessee-Arkansas-Mississippi metro area.

Memphis Italian Festival | Baptist Memorial Hospital School Of Nursing | Memphis School Of Preaching | Methodist Hospital School Of Nursing | Shelton-White School Of Floral Design |
Art Albers Gallery |
Golf Memphis-Days Inn Interstate Highway 40 And Sycamore View |
History Elvis Presley's Graceland | Hunt-Phelan Home | The Danny Thomas ALSAC Pavillion |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Admiral Benbow Inn | Guesthouse Inn & Suites | Ridgeway Inn | Ridgeway Inn | Wilson World Hotel |
Transportation Memphis International Airport |
Wildlife Viewing Lichterman Nature Center |

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04/11 Coming to The area
Arkansas Scottish Festival Batesville AR April13-14 Located on the campus of Bates College, the festival kicks off with a celtic concert on Friday night and include bagpipe contests and highland dancing competitions.
Memphis Italian Festival Memphis TN May30-June1 A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis.
Arkansas Rice Festival Weiner AR October11-12 Observing the rich heritage of rice farming in Arkansas and celebrating harvest. See and old time rice threshing demonstration and the youth duck calling contest.