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DeSoto Park

Metal Museum Dr., Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 7' 20.642952", -90° 4' 27.199524"
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In memory of Hernando DeSoto, discoverer of the Mississippi River, May 15, 1541. Erected by the Good Earth Garden Club, 1961.
When first visited by the white man this spot was the site of the fortress of Chisca, the Chief of the Indian tribe which inhabited this region, and whose principal village stood a short distance eastward.
The nearby eminences are mounds which were constructed by Aboriginal inhabitants and are of unknown antiquity.
The Chisca Mound was utilized in 1863 during the Civil War as an artillery redoubt and magazine inside of the great federal fortress Fort Pickering covering the site of the first Fort Pickering and the top of the mound was excavated for that purpose.
This park, comprising eleven acres, was purchased in 1912 by the Board of Park Commissioners, composed of Robert Galloway, J.T. Willingham and Dr. B.F. Turner, and dedicated to the use and pleasure of the citizens of Memphis in perpetuity.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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