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Millington City

Shelby County, Tennessee

Millington City Hall is located at 7930 Nelson Street, Millington, TN 38053.
Phone: 901‑873‑5701.


Millington [‡] was established as a community in 1878 when Mr. and Mrs. George Millington offered to donate land for the town and to help build a railroad station on the newly established Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. This new railroad had crossed Mr. Millington's 5,000-acre plantation. The settlers to the area had already established the Millwood and Glencoe communities and they accepted the property and agreed to name the City Millington in honor of the donors. The city continued to grow and was incorporated in 1903.

The fluctuation of population in Millington has been directly impacted across the decades by the U. S. Military when Park Field, a pilot training facility was located there in 1917. Millington was selected as one of thirty-two Air Service Training Camps across the nation. When World War I (WWI) ended in 1918, military pilot training ceased. The government officially purchased Park Field in March of 1920. This photo of Park Field is courtesy of the Tennessee Bureau of Aviation and is dated in 1917. August 2017 represents the 100- year anniversary of the ground breaking for Park Field.

Following the Stock Market Crash in 1929, the airfield served as a transient camp for unemployed workers and in 1937 the Resettlement Administration managed the land and developed model farms. Park Field was managed by the Resettlement Administration until 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the declaration of World War II (WWII) against Japan on December 8, 1941 and Germany and Italy on December 11, 1941. In February 1942, the Millington airport and the surrounding area were established as a training facility for the U. S. Navy pilots at the start of WWII. The base expanded and was renamed the Naval Air Station Memphis in 1943.

In 1993 the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC) ordered a realignment of the Naval Air Station. It was re-desginated as the Naval Support Activity Memphis in September of 1995, later renamed Naval Support Activity Mid-South in 1998. Today, approximately 6,500 military, civilian and contract personnel are assigned or work at the base. However, that is far from the over 15,000 persons who served or worked at the base during the 1960s and 1970s. The Tennessee Legislature designated the City of Millington as "Flag City, Tennessee" in 1986 and Millington hosts a Flag Day Celebration annually. This is in honor of the City's respect for and long-term relationship with the U. S. Military.

‡ City of Millington, 20 Year Master Plan, 2018, www.millington.gov, accessed May, 2019.