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Hotel Pontotoc and The Peabody

In Podcast by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

In this episode of Memphis Type History: The Podcast, we tell each other the history behind a favorite historical Memphis hotel. Rebecca dives right into how the Peabody Hotel came to be, while I share about the lesser known Hotel Pontotoc. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Podbean | Google Play The very first Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 at the …

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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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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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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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This Wasn’t Always Casey’s Motel

In South Memphis by Rebecca Phillips2 Comments

At different art shows I’ve had people come up to me and ask if this painting is of Casey’s Motel on Elvis Presley Blvd or Bellevue. And the answer is both! Drive far enough south on S. Bellevue and you’ll discover at some point Elvis Presley Blvd occupies the street name, though there was a time when the road was …