Street Wise 

Historian Jimmy Ogle is street smart — literally.

Ogle can spout off the origin of nearly every Memphis street. He can tell you what materials were used before asphalt. He can even tell you when certain roads were widened to accommodate early automobiles.

And that's what Ogle intends to do in his "Originals & Oddities of the Streets & Bridges of Memphis" presentation at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library on Tuesday, July 24th.

Ogle will take Memphians on a virtual tour of the city from the early days of dirt roads traversed by Native Americans to the modern history of city streets. He'll share historical photographs of Bluff City bridges and roads and share stories of their early days. For example, did you know Riverside Drive used to be the site of the city dump?

Additionally, Ogle will share some modern-day city street oddities, such as the two intersections where four streets meet (Hint: One is at Summer, Trezevant, North Parkway, and East Parkway).

"We have one street that changes names seven times. You don't have to turn or anything. But you'll have to come to the presentation to find out where it is," Ogle says.

"Originals & Oddities of the Streets & Bridges of Memphis" presentation by Jimmy Ogle at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library on Tuesday, July 24th, 6:30 p.m.

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