First Holiday Inn

First Holiday Inn (HM1720)

Location: Memphis, TN 38122 Shelby County
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N 35° 8.925', W 89° 53.767'

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The world's first Holiday Inn was opened on this site, August 1, 1952 by Memphis entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson as a result of his unsatisfactory lodging experiences on a vacation the prior summer with his wife Dorothy and their five children. He soon joined with builder Wallace B. Johnson to establish a nationwide chain of inns, each marked by a giant green and yellow neon sign topped by a star. By offering family-oriented, predictable convenience and "inexpensive luxury", this single 120-room motel located on the main route into Memphis from the east would evolve into the world's largest hotel-motel system and make Mr. Wilson's life a true rags-to-riches story. The first Holdiay Inn was retired by sale in 1973 and finally demolished in 1994.
HM NumberHM1720
Placed ByShelby County Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 236165 N 3893379
Decimal Degrees35.14875000, -89.89611667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 8.925', W 89° 53.767'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 8' 55.50" N, 89° 53' 46.02" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4923-4957 Summer Ave, Memphis TN 38122, US
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