Normal Station, Memphis

Normal Station is a neighborhood in East Memphis, Tennessee, anchored by the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University, and originally called West Tennessee State Normal School. It is bordered by the University of Memphis to the north, Audubon Park to the east, Park Avenue and the Sherwood Forest neighborhood to the south, and Highland Street to the west.

Normal Station Historic District
Normal Station, Memphis is located in Tennessee
Normal Station, Memphis
Normal Station, Memphis is located in the United States
Normal Station, Memphis
LocationRoughly bounded by Highland, Goodlett, Southern RR, and rear property lines of Marion and parcels on Park, Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°5′49″N 89°55′57″W / 35.09694°N 89.93250°W / 35.09694; -89.93250Coordinates: 35°5′49″N 89°55′57″W / 35.09694°N 89.93250°W / 35.09694; -89.93250
Area390 acres (160 ha)
ArchitectGoodwin, John; Johnson, Wallace, et al.
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, et al.
MPSMemphis MPSMemphis MPSMemphis MPS
NRHP reference No.05000866 [1]
Added to NRHPAugust 10, 2005


Until the early 20th century, the neighborhood was part of an area known as the Eckles Tract. In 1911, construction of the new normal school began in the neighborhood. To serve the construction, the Southern Railroad built a stub track northward from its main line. A streetcar line was extended eastward to serve the site. When the school opened in 1912, the railroad converted the terminus of its stub line into an official stop and built a waiting station in front of the school, near what is now the intersection of Highland Street and Southern Avenue, to serve passengers using the railroad and the streetcars. The neighborhood took on the name of the railway station, Normal Station.[2]

It was common in the outlying areas around Memphis for neighborhoods and small towns to get their names from land owners, landmarks and railway stations. The custom is also seen today in areas such as Buntyn Station, White Station, and Bray Station.[3]

The Normal railway station closed in 1949 and was demolished the following year.[2]

Campus neighborhoodEdit

The athletic department, student fitness center, and south parking lots of the University of Memphis are located in this neighborhood. Because of the proximity to the University, a large proportion of the neighborhood population are students and faculty. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are one-story single-family homes and duplexes built after World War II, but there are small apartment complexes and some larger, older homes interspersed within. The neighborhood's ZIP code is 38111.

The Highland StripEdit

The Highland strip is the restaurant and shopping hub in the Normal station neighborhood. It is situated on the western border of the neighborhood. There is live music regularly at Newby's Memphis and The Bluff. This is a local gathering place for many U of M students.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Cultural Resource Survey of Normal Station, Census Tract 74, Memphis, Tennessee". Memphis Heritage. December 2001.
  3. ^ "New enlarged scale railroad and county map of Tennessee showing every railroad station and post office in the state, 1888". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-03-23.