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The Commercial Appeal
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member krsmith2
N 35° 08.353 W 090° 02.488
15S E 769554 N 3892488
Quick Description: History of The Commercial Appeal - a Memphis newspaper.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 5/13/2012 6:53:47 AM
Waymark Code: WMEDRF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
Views: 5

Long Description:
The Commercial Appeal

This newspaper began in 1839 as The Western World & 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. Beccause 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. An 1890 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 1936.


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 & Main. In 1860 the prospering newspaper built it own building at Union & Front. During the civil War it published from Grenada, Jackson & Meridian, Ms; Montgomery, Al; and Atlanta & Columbus, Ga. Back in Memphis its homes included the Appeal Building at Main & Jefferson, and in 1894 the building at the SE corner of second & Court. In 1932 it bought The Ford Motor Plant, located on these premises and demolished after completion of this building in 1977.
Marker Name: The Commercial Appeal

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Other

Marker Number: none

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
The Commercial Appeal and The Shelby County Historical Commission


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