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The Holiday Inn Great Sign

In Guest Posts, North Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Many of you have asked us about the Holiday Inn sign. Today, we’re pleased to bring you a guest post exploring the history of this iconic sign by Caroline Mitchell Carrico, Exhibits Design Coordinator at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Without further ado, we present the Holiday Inn sign… In 1951, Memphis businessman Kemmons Wilson took a vacation that changed …

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History on Wheels: Memphis Bicycle Co.

In North Memphis by Brenda Wilkerson8 Comments

(The Amagliani brothers and their father, courtesy of Shannon Caraway) Guerrino Amagliani opened Memphis Motorcycle Co. in 1917. The store’s first location was on Cooper, but it later moved to 190 Union Avenue, on what is now the grounds of AutoZone Park. Guerrino’s children – John, Mary, Mike, Gene, Joe, and Frank – helped out with the business. Memphis Motorcycle …

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Shelby Forest General Store – Living and Loving a Legacy

In North Memphis by Samantha Hegenheiser-Finley24 Comments

In Downtown Memphis, workers are making final touches to the faux barn wood and tin roofing that will become part of an outdoor utopia that’s poised to bring about great change for the Uptown and Pinch areas of Downtown. Some say the impact of the new Bass Pro Shops in the Pyramid will have a much more far reaching effect. Just a short …