COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) — The town of Collierville is celebrating a major milestone: its 150th birthday.
Collierville was first incorporated in 1850, but it was reincorporated in 1870 after losing its charter.
On Monday, at 12:30 p.m., the town kicked off its anniversary celebration with a ceremony on the square. There was entertainment and cupcakes. Local officials spoke before the unveiling of a special 150th anniversary portrait of Collierville.
“All year it’s a celebration of our history and the communitywe’ve become today. We’re a thriving community full of businesses and amazingschool system and so we want to highlight the best part of our community and wethink that’s our citizens, our residents and our community groups,”Director of Tourism Ashley Carver said.
The theme of the town’s milestone anniversary is “Shine A Light,” which highlights the rail line and the town’s present and future.
“You can’tunderestimate how important the railroad is to Collierville’s establishment andgrowth. It’s featured in every major story of Collierville’s history from theCivil War to welcoming troops back from WWII,” Carver said.
The first train rolled through Collierville in 1852 sparking the beginning of the development, commerce and trade for the then-small community.
“We’ve gone from this beautiful town on the rail line, a light on the horizon, and that is still important and apart of our vibe and theme today as we have grown from a less than 15,000 people in 1990 to over 50,000 today. Next stop 70-75,000,” Director of Economic Development John Duncan said.