f8inmemphis See that space over there between those cottages? That's a walkway. A long time ago someone made a wooden sign to label it, in case you couldn't figure that out ... (At Leahy's Trailer Court on Summer Avenue in Memphis ... See previous posts.) 9h

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f8inmemphis Leahy's Trailer Court has been on Summer Avenue in Memphis for 73 years, but it looked like it might close recently when the owner failed to pay the utility bill, running up a debt of more than $51,000. Residents were told their utilities would be cut off at the beginning of September, so a lot of them moved out, thinking the deteriorating place would close. Now it appears the co-owner of a big real estate company will buy the park, pay the bills and fix the place up some. One of Leahy's claims to Memphis history fame: Author James Jones worked on his novel "From Here to Eternity" while living in a trailer there in the summer of 1949. (Good story on this in yesterday's CA.) 2d

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f8inmemphis "Warning: Cotton dust work area may cause acute or delayed lung injury (byssinosis)" ... Lummus Ginning System building and machinery, found on Yum Yum Road in Fayette County, Tennessee, east of Memphis. 3d

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f8inmemphis The colors of a reflected sunset ... looking east at Shelby Farms Park in East Memphis. 4d

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f8inmemphis Vacancy: The abandoned Casey's Motel at 1585 Elvis Presley Blvd. in South Memphis was once described on a postcard as "one of the finest." A sign on the empty office that reflects its later years says "No loitering or solicitation on premises." 5d

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f8inmemphis Summer in the city: Looking west on Madison Avenue in Midtown Memphis, near sundown ... the tracks look a bit lonesome with the trolley cars all out for repairs. 6d

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f8inmemphis When I left the house where Johnny Cash grew up in Dyess, Arkansas, and drove the 50 miles back to Memphis, I thought about what it must have been like to live in the East Arkansas Delta in the late 1930s and 1940s: No electricity (so no lights and certainly no AC); farm fields to work with equipment powered mainly by mule; wood to gather and cut for cooking and heat in winter; an indoor bath but no indoor toilet; a bedroom (and bed) shared with siblings; a battery-powered tabletop AM radio for entertainment ... It all had to shape the songs Johnny Cash wrote and the man he became. (See previous posts.) 7d
  •   f8inmemphis @danadug Thank you, good to hear you liked it 6d
  •   f8inmemphis @thegibsonmama Thanks much, Lisa, glad you do 6d
  •   drazil619 So is it some kind of museum now? 6d
  •   f8inmemphis @drazil619 In a sense, yes. The house has been restored by Arkansas State University and refurnished largely with replacement items to accurately match what the Cash family had inside. The piano, living room linoleum and a few other items are original to the home. The house is open to tours Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9-3. Cost is $10 and also includes a look at exhibits about the area's history at the refurbished Dyess Colony Administration Building in the center of town. 6d
  •   drazil619 Thanks Mike :) I just seen your previous post so cool :) 6d
  •   f8inmemphis @drazil Great! No worries, thanks for your interest. 6d
  •   donaldw1 Enjoyed the virtual tour. Thanks. I've always been a Johnny Cash fan. I'll have to get over there soon and check it out. 5d
  •   f8inmemphis @donaldw1 Thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos ... it's worth a look in person, in my view, especially for fans or history buffs. 5d

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f8inmemphis You can see the water pump out in the yard from the kitchen windows at the house where Johnny Cash grew up, in Dyess, Arkansas. 1w

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f8inmemphis A sign hangs in the dining-room window telling the ice man how many pounds of ice to deliver at the house where Johnny Cash grew up in Dyess, Arkansas. (See previous posts.) 1w

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f8inmemphis A wood-burning stove provided warmth and heat for cooking in the kitchen of the five-room house where Johnny Cash grew up, in Dyess, Arkansas. A small icebox was kept in the dining room to the left, away from the heat of the stove. The house opened to public tours last Saturday; Dyess is about 50 miles northwest of Memphis. (See previous posts.) 1w

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f8inmemphis A framed photo on a living-room table shows Johnny Cash's family gathered on the front porch of the house in Dyess, Arkansas, where the singer spent his childhood. The house built in 1935 has been restored and opened to public tours last Saturday. Dyess is about 50 miles northwest of Memphis. (See previous posts.) 1w

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f8inmemphis This is the view when you open the front door and step inside the house where Johnny Cash grew up in Dyess, Arkansas. The piano is the same one that was in the house while Cash lived there, from 1935 until about 1950. (The Cash family donated the piano to a Dyess-area church when they moved to Memphis.) A wood stove heated the living room, and a table-model Silvertone radio sits on a Singer sewing machine. Except for the piano, most of the furnishings are not original to the house but are accurate replacements. The linoleum floor, however, is said to be original to the house and was found to be in good condition because it had been covered by several layers of rugs. (See previous post.) 1w

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f8inmemphis The children slept in the front bedroom of the house in Dyess, Arkansas, where Johnny Cash spent his childhood years. Johnny Cash is said to have slept in the bed on the right -- these aren't the original beds, but replacements that were found to match the family's furnishings. The frame house, built by the federal government in 1935, has been restored by Arkansas State University and opened to public tours for the first time on Saturday. Dyess is about 50 miles northwest of Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Latergram: I tried a black-and-white edit on this image I caught of Memphis-based singer-songwriter-sideman Mark Edgar Stuart as he opened for Lucero's Ben Nichols last week at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge. Stuart, originally from Pine Bluff, Ark., is working on a new album to follow up his debut effort, last year's Blues For Lou. The color version of this shot and other photos from that night are posted on minglewoodhall.com under the photo gallery tab. 2w

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f8inmemphis From synagogue to nightclub: This boarded-up, abandoned building at 112 Jackson Ave. in the Pinch District of downtown Memphis started life in 1927 as Anshei Mischne Synagogue -- a small Star of David still tops the facade. But by the 1960s it was being used as a teen nightclub called The Roaring Sixties, and the house band was a group called the Guilloteens. These days the property's for sale and the building likely will be demolished. 2w
  •   blanche122 That's a shame. You don't see that kind of brick work and craftsmanship in buildings today. 2w
  •   funkybutt @f8inmemphis hey, I'm trying to get some ideas for my next album. Will you email me those pics from the Ben Nichols show? Loved what I saw. thx! markedgarstuart@gmail.com 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @funkybutt Sure thing, glad you liked them! 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @wgdart Yeah, too many cool old buildings have gone the way of the wrecking ball ... money talks and history walks. 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @sparkmonkey Yeah, I'd noticed it several times but never looked into it much. Not many churches or synagogues have morphed into a nightclub ... 2w
  •   f8inmemphis @blanche122 True, Blanche, lots of good details here. 2w
  •   ilovememphisblog Another one featured on the blog today... 4d
  •   f8inmemphis @ilovememphisblog I saw that, and thank you! Much appreciated! 4d

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f8inmemphis This one's optimistic ... (in Phillips County, Arkansas, southwest of Memphis.) 2w

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f8inmemphis It's now or never: Fans gather for the annual candlelight vigil at Graceland as Elvis Week nears an end in Memphis. Saturday marks the 37th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. 2w

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f8inmemphis Faces in the crowd: Listening to Lucero singer-songwriter Ben Nichols' solo acoustic show Wednesday night at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge. A wider crop of this (more faces) will be on Minglewood's website in a few days. (See previous post.) 2w

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f8inmemphis Lucero front man Ben Nichols onstage in a solo acoustic show at Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge tonight; it's the last stop in his Bike Rider's Tour with Mark Edgar Stuart. 2w

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