- After frost falls on the ground on October 24th and 25th the Memphis yellow fever epidemic is officially declared to be at an end.
October 24, 1879 to October 25, 1879 SHELBY, Tennessee Health/Death, Race-Relations, Urban-Life/Boosterism
After months of one of the worst yellow fever outbreaks of the 19th century, the Memphis outbreak of 1879 is officially declared to be over after frost kills the germ. While the event had immense national significance, the gravity of the yellow fever outbreak to the city of Memphis cannot be overstated. Although the causes of the outbreak were uncertain at the time, many people pointed out that the...