1) The Exchange
By the late 1800s, Otis Bigeloe, had the largest mule trading business, west of the Mississippi River and had made a fortune. When motorized transportation ended the need for drayage animals, Otis's son, Vincent, moved to Memphis. There, he and his son, Palmer, prospered with investments in residential and commercial properties in the Bluff City. The three Bigeloes were also collectors of loose, cut, flawless diamonds that were stored in a vault room...