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First Holiday Inn

4941 Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 8' 55.078044", -89° 53' 48.419628"
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The original Holiday Inn was opened here August 1, 1952 by
Kemmons Wilson. He undertook to do better than motels he had experienced the
year before on vacation with five children. Within months, he was building on
several highways into Memphis. He was joined by Wallace E. Johnson and seven
years later, they had the world's largest hotel-motel system. This Holiday Inn
was retired by sale in 1973.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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