premier railroad show!!! That's the
AMORY RAILROAD FESTIVAL, where thousands
upon thousands have enjoyed this
event every April since 1979. Folks from
near and far, including many railroad
enthusiasts, make the Amory Railroad
Festival a "must," year in and year out.
Amory owes its very existence to the
railroad - the
town was established by the old KCM&B
(Kansas city, Memphis and Birmingham) at the
mid-point on the railroad between Memphis
and Birmingham. It was named for railroad
magnate Harcourt Amory.
The KCM&B eventually
became the Frisco (St. Louis and San Francisco), which
in turn was purchased by the Burlington Northern in the
1970s. The BN then merged with the Atchison, Topeka and
Santa Fe Railroad in 1995, resulting in the current
"Burlington Northern Santa Fe" name.
The town of Amory was plotted and the first lots
sold at auction in November 1887. Incorporation followed
in 1888. People rushed in to buy property and the new
railroad town of Amory was on its way! Incidentally, a
nephew of Harcourt Amory was the featured speaker at one
of the early Amory Railroad
In 1923 along came the Mississippian Railway,
which was established primarily to haul lumber products
from Fulton south to the interchange with BNSF in Amory.
The Mississippian is a 25-mile short-line railroad and
is now operated by Homan Industries. The Mississippian
Railway was presented the Golden Box Car Award for its
achievement as one of the best managed short-line
railroads in the United States!
The Amory Railroad Festival has been named one
of the Southeast Region's top events. The festival is
centered in the appropriately named Frisco Park, located
directly in front of City Hall, which was once the
Frisco regional headquarters.