Downtown Other

memphis then and now – Downtown Other


Shortly after the Civil War, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad established a depot near the intersection of Main & Auction Street (now known as A.W. Willis Ave). Today the location is still a transportation center, home to the North End Terminal of the MATA Trolley’s Main Street line.

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Image credit: North Main – L&N Depot Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG MEMPHIS.


Standing at the intersection of North Main Street and Saffarans Avenue, one can see the evolution of the downtown skyline. The Sterick Building and the Lincoln American Tower are visible in both images, highlighting the degree of growth over time.

Image credit: North Main Street. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG MEMPHIS.