Normal Station, Memphis

Normal Station, Memphis
Normal Station Historic District
Normal Station, Memphis is located in Tennessee
Location: Roughly bounded by Highland, Goodlett, Southern RR, and rear property lines of Marion and parcels on Park, Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°5′49″N 89°55′57″W / 35.09694°N 89.9325°W / 35.09694; -89.9325Coordinates: 35°5′49″N 89°55′57″W / 35.09694°N 89.9325°W / 35.09694; -89.9325
Area: 390 acres (160 ha)
Architect: Goodwin, John; Johnson, Wallace, et al.
Architectural style: Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, et al.
Governing body: Private
MPS: Memphis MPSMemphis MPSMemphis MPS
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: August 10, 2005

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. 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 is located in ZIP code 38111.


Earlier in the twentieth century, there was a train station for the Southern Railroad near what is now the intersection of Highland Street and Southern Avenue. By 1956, the train station in present-day Normal Station did not exist. The Normal Station was the end of the line and the engineer would get out of the trolley and turn it around at Normal Station.

As was common in the outlying areas around Memphis, neighborhoods and small towns got 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, among many others.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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