August 14, 2015

Riverside Drive has long hemmed the Mississippi River and the bluff, two major assets of Memphis’ natural portfolio. For more than 80 years, the road has provided access to the Memphis riverfront and all of its recreational amenities and green spaces. Riverside Drive stays busy with 15,000 daily drivers and provides a connection to both I-55 and I-40.

Now crucial to the landscape of downtown Memphis and its drivers, this area by the river was once a steep slope not readily accessible.  By extracting rocks and soil from the slope, engineers formed the flat surface that is now Riverside Drive. Below is photography of the construction and early use of Riverside Drive. At first glance it seems that not much has changed since the road was completed; however, if you look closely, the land that is now Tom Lee Park is missing… Look out for details about from where that additional land came. Coming soon in a in a RiverFact post: The creation of Tom Lee Park.



Riverside Drive shares an intersection with the iconic Beale Street.

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Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riverside Drive


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Riverside Dr. Opening Ceremony

A young girl cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony of Riverside Drive.

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An elevator reaches down and over Riverside Drive to service boats.

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A path was cut through the bluff to create a suitable surface for Riverside Drive.


American Duchess docking

Monday, January 29th 4:00 am

Greenbelt Park

The American Duchess will arrive in Memphis at Greenbelt Park at 4:00 a.m. and will depart the that day at 5:00 p.m. The American Duchess is the first all-suite paddlewheeler on U.S. rivers. The paddlewheeler, created from a 1995 hull, was completely reconstructed to feature single-seating main dining and entertainment venues, soaring ceilings, and all […]

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