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Leahy’s: A Community of Memories

In Northeast by Rebecca Phillips0 Comments

“My grandfather on my father’s side owned Monte’s Drive-in restaurant across the street from Leahy’s Motel. My brother and cousins worked at the restaurant every summer. My grandfather and Mr. Leahy were friends and after working all day we walked across the street to Leahy’s to go swimming. My grandfather on my mother’s side is Frank Balton as in Balton …

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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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Memphis Street History: Sam Cooper Boulevard

In East Memphis by Brenda Wilkerson13 Comments

Like many Memphians, I log a lot of miles on Sam Cooper Boulevard, the stretch of I-40 between East Parkway and the junction with I-240. I’ve always wondered about the man behind the name. If you have, too, prepare to be impressed by his life and legacy. Sam Cooper grew up in the Pinch District of Memphis, the son of …

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Britling’s Fine Dining

In Downtown by Rebecca Phillips6 Comments

“The new Britling “Self Service” restaurant is a distinct innovation, a definite step forward. It’s the ‘if you want it done well — then do it yourself’ saying molded out to fit the eating game. No! No! Not that you cook your own meals — you do not. You select them from our exceedingly wide and varied menu of wholesome …

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Sears Crosstown Part 3: The Machinery Room

In Midtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

In case you’re just now joining our tour, here’s what we’ve already explored: Sears Crosstown Part 1: An Intro to the Tour Sears Crosstown Part 2: We’ve Entered the Building Today we’re heading into the machinery room, which will be demolished. I loved this room and the pictures everyone took. So today’s post is basically just a feast for the …

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Sears Crosstown Part 2: We’ve Entered the Building…

In Midtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

It’s the post you’ve eagerly been waiting for where we take you along on one of the last tours of the Sears Crosstown building. If you haven’t been waiting eagerly you probably missed “Sears Crosstown: An Intro to the Tour” by Rebecca. We’re going to start our blog tour with a little introduction to the sheer size of the Sears …

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Libertyland: Memphis’ Amusement Park

In Midtown by Caitlin L. Horton9 Comments

I’m pleased to bring you a guest post by John Stevenson on Libertyland today. Even if you spent your childhood at the park, this post is sure to bring back lots of memories. Or if you’re like me and didn’t get to Memphis in time to truly experience the park you’ll get a small taste of what a wonderful little …

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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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Throwback Thursday: Sears Crosstown Cleaners

In Midtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Here’s a real Throwback Thursday post for ya! Snapped inside the Sears Crosstown building here in Memphis, this sign is a fun reminder of the history of this iconic building. It’s being completely revamped in the next few years which is really exciting. Until we all enjoy the updated digs for art, education, and health programs, here are some quick …