MEMPHIS Fall Festival 1911


This souvenir book of photos and Float Designs was published in 1911 by the Business Men's Club of Memphis.  This group was organized to promote the City, and of course, they eventually became the Chamber of Commerce.   In 1911 they originated the 3-day "Fall Festival" on September 26-28 "... to supply a positive demand for this class of entertainment in the city of Memphis".  On the first day,  there was a magnificent daylight parade of Arts and Industries.  On the following day, there was the very first National Reunion of the  Blue and the Gray.   A splendid parade of the old soldiers was arranged, and later an old-fashioned Southern Barbeque was held in East End Park.  On the third day, an extraordinary Night Parade was held illustrating the life of DeSoto and his discovery of the Mississippi at the site where Memphis now stands.

  George Whitworth


< Sincere thanks to George Whitworth, Memphis Attorney-Historian-Collector, for allowing us to scan and post his book >


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