Lost Memphis: Fortune's Belvedere

Harold Fortune was an entrepreneur, responsible for drive-ins and ice-cream parlors that are fondly remembered to this day.




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Jungle Gardens

While at Memphis State in the 50s, this was a popular spot with all my friends.

David C. Brandon 324 days ago

Didn't the Boll burn?

I thought the Cotton Boll on E. Parkway burned. And then, there was a fairly short-lived version of it somewhere closer in--off Madison, perhaps... But that was in the 60s, and, well, I was engaged in memory-numbing activities then...

Festus Christian more than 1 year ago

I agree

I remember being taken to Fortune's Jungle Garden, where they had the BEST club sandwich on earth, as a child in the late 50s, and the parking lot was full of lush greenery that looked like it had been there forever then, so I agree with the person who says it couldn't have opened in the 60s.

Midtown girl more than 1 year ago

Date of Fortune's Jungle Garden

Surely the Jungle Garden opened in the 1920s rather than the 1960s, as paragraph 4 implies . It closed in the 1960s, in 1966, right?

SHELTON more than 1 year ago


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