America's premier railroad festival!!! That's the AMORY RAILROAD FESTIVAL, where thousands upon thousands have enjoyed this annual 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 & Birmingham) Railroad at the mid-point between Memphis and Birmingham and named the town 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 Festivals.

   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.