STS058-098-035 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A. October 1993
Memphis, located on Chickasaw Bluff on the east bank of the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Wolf River, is the highlight of this near-vertical photograph. Memphis is an important river port; major rail center; and a leading hardwood lumber, cotton, poultry, and livestock market. Other manufacturing industries include pharmaceuticals, textiles, rubber products, furniture, heating and cooling equipment, chemicals, pianos, agricultural machinery, and automobile and truck parts. Memphis, named by Andrew Jackson, is the seat of a large medical center and home to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Numerous agricultural fields are visible west of the Mississippi River in eastern Arkansas. Along with the Mississippi River paddle boats, a leading tourist attraction, the city is home to Beale Street and its music made famous by W. C. Handy, the black American blues composer and compiler. Because heat and humidity provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes, the city suffered from severe yellow fever epidemics in 1867, 1873, and 1878. The runways of Memphis International Airport south of downtown and the runways of the U.S. Naval Air Station at Millington north-northeast of Memphis are discernible. Many small islands, sandbars, and oxbow lakes are obvious in and near the Mississippi River.
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