1800s

Prior to 1818

Collierville is part of the extremely fertile Wolf River Watershed, which drew Native Americans to the area for hunting purposes.

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1830s

Initial Town settlement established in both Tennessee and Mississippi along what is currently known as State Line Road.

1836

Land speculator Jesse R. Collier advertised lots from “The Town of Collier” for sale in the Memphis Enquirer.

1850

Collierville is incorporated for the first time with Richard Ramsey serving as mayor.

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1852

The railroad reached Collierville. Just five years later, the Memphis & Charleston Railroad would become the first railroad to link the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi river in 1857.

1863

A battle on October 11th was the largest Civil War land battle fought in Shelby County. Losses on both sides totaled over 200.

1867

Virginus Leake and Harrison Irby bought 90 acres of land in the Town's present location, which was then divided and sold into lots.

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1870

The Town was reincorporated on February 17, 1870 with James Abington as mayor.

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1876

A two-story bandstand, the first of the Town's “gazebos,” is built in the Town Square.

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1900s

The turn of the 20th century was characterized by growth, prosperity, new technologies, and expanding industry in Collierville.

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1905

Two previously established private schools, one for girls and one for boys, merged to become Collierville High School.

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1933

Swift and Company opened a cheese plant at Main and Neely, and Collierville soon earned its reputation as "the cheese making capital of West Tennessee."

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1950

Wonder Products opened in Collierville producing the world's most popular toy horses all stamped with "Collierville, TN" until 1983.

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1955

A tornado destroyed the Town's original bandstand among other buildings, such as the Town Theatre.

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1956

The Collierville Library opened, originally located on the Town Square.

1968

The Carrier Corporation opened in Collierville. Carrier is one of the world's largest manufacturers of heating and air conditioning systems.

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1970

Collierville celebrated its centennial anniversary.

1980

The Town's population doubled as industries expand to 49 businesses, employing 4,290 people.

1998

Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) broke ground on its state-of-the-art World Tech Center near East Winchester Road in Collierville.

2014

Collierville is ranked "Best Main Street" in America by Parade Magazine.

2020

Collierville celebrates its 150th anniversary.