Bartlett's earliest identity was little more than a stop on the stagecoach route and, later, a railroad depot. The community was known as Union Depot until the 1860s, when it was incorporated and renamed after a local businessman. Up until the middle of the 20th century, Bartlett's growth had been quite slow—the community only had about 500 residents in 1960. But this quiet farming town blossomed into a balanced community that is now driven by both agriculture and business.
Today, Bartlett is a treasure of the Memphis metro. The community's location in central Shelby County conveniently links residents to the amenities of the city and the ambiance of the countryside. Major roadways such as Interstate 40 and U.S. Routes 70 and 64 and State Route 40 offer access to downtown Memphis as well as the communities within Tipton, Fayette and Crittenden Counties.
While Bartlett does a great job meeting the daily needs of its residents, it's nice to know the city of Memphis is only about 10 miles away. Memphis, known as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, is a popular destination for both business and leisure travel. Graceland and Beale Street are the big attractions, but the city provides so much more. The huge range of experiences in Memphis includes everything from high-end dining to voodoo shops to professional sports games. Bartlett's proximity to Memphis adds balance and the diversity of choice to the family-oriented community.
The climate in Bartlett varies from warm, humid summers to mild winters. Between June and August, average high temperatures fluctuate in the high-80s and rainfall averages about 3.8 inches. From December through February, low temperatures are around 30 degrees, and the monthly rainfall picks up to about 4.5 inches. Total annual rainfall usually averages about 54 inches.
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