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Memphis Street History: Winchester Road

In South Memphis by Brenda Wilkerson6 Comments

  While driving around Memphis, have you ever wondered how our major streets got their names? As it turns out, the best place to start is in south Memphis. Winchester Road, which stretches across the south end of town from Third Street downtown to Byhalia Road in Collierville, is probably best known for the section that cuts under a runway …

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Fine Dining of the Past at Justine’s

In South Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton6 Comments

As far as we know, the pink stucco house was built in the 1840s. It managed to survive the Civil War, the yellow fever epidemic, and, at least for now, emptiness. Due to neglect, it’s now considered an endangered property. Justine Smith opened “Old Justine’s Restaurant” in 1958. For over thirty years, the restaurant brought New Orleans-style fine dining to …

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We Found an (almost?) Abandoned Motel…

In South Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

You can’t rent a room here anymore but the beautiful sign still remains. I don’t want to spoil any surprises that await you in the book, so I won’t go into too much detail here. But I will say Rebecca and I took a little drive to check this place out, and we shared a bit of the history of …

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Memphis’ Most Famous Cemetery

In South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

“Memphis at rest since 1852.” That is the tagline for Elmwood cemetery, a place established as one of the first rural garden cemeteries in the south. It began with fifty men who drew names from a hat to determine what to call the land they had just purchased (originally 40 acres total). “They came up with the name Elmwood,” says …

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My Trip to Casey’s

In South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

“Lute Casey was my great uncle. I never met him. His sister, Pearl Casey Leach, owned a hotel downtown, the Plaza Hotel. Also part owner of the Winona hotel, later called the Arcade. He and my grandmother had an argument and never spoke again.” – Susan Williams As Caitlin eagerly and victoriously wraps up writing the remaining chapters of this …

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The Mall of Murder? Really?

In South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips3 Comments

Source: mallofmemphis.org Though I have lived in Memphis for a good many years, I was never present during the days when the Mall of Memphis was in operation. And every time someone has referenced the Mall of Memphis, the term “Mall of Murder” is announced. This fetches a moment of curiosity each time. How does a huge successful mall perish? …

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Rum Boogie Memorabilia

In Downtown, South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

  Rum Boogie Cafe may stand out as the most authentic blues bar on Beale Street. Felicia Kirkland, one of the bar’s managers, would attest to that. She tells us they don’t play anything but the blues and that’s exactly what we were listening to while enjoying a tasty southern meal for lunch there on a Tuesday afternoon. Upon entering …

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Review of Casey’s Motel

In South Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

In the mood for robbery, mayhem, and general crookery? Think you might want to book a stay at Casey’s Motel? Check out this review by Rebecca Phillips first! Want to own a little piece of offbeat Memphis history? The original painting in that video is available at Front Porch Art.

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Return to Graceland

In South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

I never understood the greatness of Elvis, The King, even after I moved to Memphis. For most of my life, my admiration of musical geniuses went to Michael Jackson and the Beatles. MJ was king of pop, a fan of magic and a hot dancer. The Beatles could do whatever they wanted and it was magic. But then there was …

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How STAX Got Its Name

In South Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

This is a guest post brought to you by Emily Cupples. You are bound to learn a few facts about Stax Records that will make you look like a real smartypants at your next Memphis dinner party. Ever really ask yourself where Stax got its name? Does it stand for the stacks of money with the label? Or does it …