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Mule Market Tote

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Original price $16.00
Original price $16.00 - Original price $16.00
Original price $16.00
Current price $10.00
$10.00 - $10.00
Current price $10.00

This tote bag is a replica design based on a 1938 pin owned by Susan’s Grandmother which she passed on to us and is now proudly worn every year on Mule Day! Second picture: Susan’s Grandmother on a mule.

What is Mule Day?

From the late 1840s, Maury County was known as a place that bred good mules. Quarterly court meetings (think early county commission) drew people from throughout the county to Columbia to do business with the court, as well as buying and selling in town. This often included mules, and the quarterly court meeting in April became known as Breeder’s Day for it’s mule sales. The popularity of mules on southern farms only increased after the Civil War. By the early 1900s, Columbia was one of the top mule markets in the country! Mule sale records were set during World War I, when both the British and American armies sent agents to the Columbia to purchase mules for the war effort. By the 1930s, mule sales were dropping in favor of tractors, and in 1934 the April Breeder’s Day shifted toward a community celebration including a parade. Mule Day has brought many people to Columbia over the year.

What we now think of as Mule Day started in 1974 when the Maury County Bridle & Saddle Club revived the celebration after a 24-year hiatus. It gives us an opportunity to remember Maury County’s agricultural roots and the important role that the mule played in the county’s economic development.

Tote Specs:

  • 12 oz./lyd, cotton canvas
  • 22" self-fabric handles
  • Printed in Columbia by Needle & Grain