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West Memphis, Arkansas

West Memphis, Arkansas

West Memphis, occupies an area on the west bank of the Mississippi River that once included the towns of Hopefield, Bragg and Hulbert. The name "West Memphis" came into use in the early 1900s because lumber shipped from the Memphis market to foreign buyers brought higher prices. With the coming of the first rail bridge in 1892 and the first automobile bridge in 1917, West Memphis began to grow. The Memphis-Arkansas automobile bridge opened in 1949 and the I-40 (DeSoto) Bridge was dedicated in 1972. Southland Greyhound Park has been a major West Memphis attraction since 1956. Open the year around, the schedule includes live greyhound racing, plus simulcast dog and horse racing. Mid-South Community College serves the region. An Arkansas Welcome Center is located just west of town (I-40).

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Southland Greyhound Park

Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, Visa Directions: Located where I-55 meets I-40 at Exit 279-A Live Greyhound racing and simulcast Greyhound & Thoroughbred racing; Instant Racing Machines; Open year-round;

West Memphis, AR Parks

Great River Road National Scenic Byway

The Great River Road, Arkansas's portion of the Mississippi River Parkway, runs for 363 miles paralleling the Mississippi River in Eastern Arkansas. This scenic highway is composed of these highways: Ark. 82, U.S. 65, Ark. 4, Ark. 1, U.S. 165, Ark. 316, Ark. 318, Ark. 20, Ark. 44

West Memphis, AR Scenic Byways

Meadowbrook Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5

West Memphis, AR Golf Courses

Things to do near West Memphis, AR

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Twenty miles west of the Mississippi River, the 11,038-acre Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1915 primari...

Lindbergh Marker

Historical marker on North Lakshore Drive placed at the site where Lindbergh landed his plane after conducting the first nigh...

Delta Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Desha County Museum

Ten buildings furnished with artifacts of the Delta; an agricultural building, three log houses, plantation commissary....

Meadowbrook Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5 days...