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Shelandra Y. Ford
Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Memphis' First Skyscraper

The D.T. Porter Building was Memphis' first skyscraper and the tallest building south of St. Louis when completed in 1895. Some city officials believed a building that tall would blow over in a strong wind. Visitors paid ten cents to ride one of the South's first elevators, but many were so scared they took the stairs back down.