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The Commercial Appeal

495 Union Ave., Memphis, TN , USA
URL: The Commercia Appeal
Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 22.49232", -90° 2' 27.813336"
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This newspaper began in 1839 as The Western World and Memphis Banner Of The
Constitution. In 1840 Col. Henry Van Pelt bought and renamed it The Memphis Appeal.
During the Civil War it published on the run from Union troops. Because of this loyal
effort to keep printing, it was nicknamed “Old Reliable”. When the 1878 Yellow Fever
epidemic reduced the entire staff to only two, The Appeal, never missed an issue. In
1890 a merger created The Appeal Avalanche. A later merger brought The Commercial
Appeal to the masthead on July 1, 1894. It became a part of the Scripps Howard newspapers in
Publishing Locations
Beginning in a wooden building on the Wolf River bank, The Commercial Appeal and
its ancestors have had various homes. In 1845 The Appeal was located over Browning's
Grocery at Poplar and Main. In 1860 the prospering newspaper built its own building at
Union and Front. During the Civil War it published from Grenada, Jackson and Meridian,
MS; Montgomery, AL; and Atlanta and Columbus, GA. Back in Memphis its homes included the
Appeal Building at Main and Jefferson, and in 1894 the building at the SE corner of Second
and Court. In 1932 it bought the Ford Motor plant, located on these premises and demolished
after completion of this building in 1977.

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