Introduction to West Memphis, Arkansas
West Memphis, Arkansas, in Crittenden county, is 7 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. Approximately, 27,666 people live in West Memphis.
West Memphis History
The first inhabitants of West Memphis were the Mound Builders, a native American tribe. The Europeans who came to West Memphis were led by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. This city was originally founded as a logging camp. It was constructed in the year 1797 and known as the Bragg's Mill. The city received its present name in the early 1900s. The name stems for the fact that lumber shipped from the Memphis market to foreign buyers fetched higher prices.
West Memphis and nearby Attractions
- Missouri Pacific Industrial Park
- West Memphis City Hall
- Missouri Avenue Plaza Shopping Center
- Worthington Park
- Eugene Woods Community Center
Things To Do In West Memphis
There are several frequently visited places in West Memphis including Meadowbrook Country Club, Rainer Industrial Park, and the Eugene Woods Community Center. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Broadway Plaza East Shopping Center, Missouri Avenue Plaza Shopping Center, and the Holiday Plaza Mall Shopping Center. Some of the parks tourists can visit are the Hightower Park, Worthington Park, and Matthews Park.
West Memphis Transportation
The airport closest to West Memphis is Memphis International Airport.
West Memphis Higher Education
Institutes offering higher educational facilities in West Memphis are Mid-South Community College and the Southern Institute of Cosmetology. There are other higher education institutes that can be attended from West Memphis including the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union campus.