Travels on the Lower Mississippi

Memphis Moments
5:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg

"Placer Mining for Minerals" - Illustration originally published in Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg's "Nord Amerika," Swedish Edition published in 1880.

Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg, an Austro-German traveler, visited Memphis a few months after the 1878 Yellow Fever epidemic.

He described his mixed reactions to the city in his memoir Travels on the Lower Mississippi.

He wrote, “After traveling to the four corners of the world, I cannot remember impressions anywhere as disagreeable as those upon entering this Memphis.

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