World War I en The Great War And Memphis <p>The onset of World War I came as a surprise to many Mid-Southerners, yet, like much of the rest of the nation, Memphians joined the war effort with unprecedented determination. When the armed forces set up recruiting stations at the Tri-State Fair, able-bodied men lined up to enlist.</p><p>Citizens organized preparedness parades, and Memphis homemakers rallied to raise awareness about wartime rationing. Local mothers attended demonstrations on how to plan a menu for “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheat-Less Wednesdays.”</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 23:05:00 +0000 Steve Pike 34803 at The Great War And Memphis The Harahan Bridge <p class="legacy-byline"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On July 15, 1916, the </span>Harahan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bridge opened for railroad traffic, the second bridge built in Memphis to cross the Mississippi River. Originally named the Rock Island bridge, the steel structure was renamed for Memphis businessman J.T. </span>Harahan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who had been killed in a 1912 train wreck.</span></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:51:03 +0000 Steve Pike 974 at The Harahan Bridge