Memphis Bicentennial

WKNO will commemorate the 200th year of Memphis with Memphis Bicentennial! The Memphis Bicentennial is a year-long celebration of Memphis history through special programming.

The Memphis Bicentennial is sponsored by:


Here are some of The Memphis Bicentennial programs coming up on WKNO:


Memphis Memoirs: At The Fair
Memphis Memoirs: At The Fair takes a look back at the Mid-South Fair through from its beginnings in the 1850s when the enduring tradition of harness racing began. The early 1920s brought reconstruction and expansion and an amusement park was installed with two of the grandest rides of the time, the Zippin Pippin roller coaster and the Grand Carousel merry-go-round. In 1956 the Fair celebrated its 100th year. A memorable moment of the Centennial Fair was the surprise appearance of Elvis Presley. The late 1960s saw great change for the Mid-South Fair, from famous entertainers to big list of events at the fairgrounds. The biggest change was the building of the Coliseum in 1959, and in 1976 Libertyland Amusement Park was officially opened. Memphis Memoirs: At The Fair features the Fair from it's early beginnings to its hey-day when it was located at the Memphis Fairgrounds before its move.

WKNO
Tues, 9/4 at 7:00 PM

Wed, 9/5 at 12:00 AM
Sat, 9/8 at 3:00 AM

WKNO2
Wed, 9/5 at 7:00 PM



Memphis & Charleston Railroad: Marriage of the Waters
On the first of May 1857, a special train carrying a hogshead of water from Charleston Harbor arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, to celebrate the official opening of the first railroad to span the country from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast. 25,000 people watched as the water was pumped into the river in a ceremony dubbed the "Marriage of the Waters." Fought for, fought against, and fought over, few developments have had such a crucial part in the events of the region that it served as did the Memphis & Charleston Railroad.

WKNO
Fri, 9/28 at 9:00 PM
Sat, 9/29 at 2:00 AM

WKNO2
Fri, 9/28 at 9:00 PM




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