Memphis Walk


Union Avenue


Sun Studio


Ghosts


Strip joint


Memphis, New Year’s Day


Eerie emptiness


Wasteland


Wonder Bread


Memphis Redbirds


The Pyramid


River boat


History, at the end of the block

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9 Responses to Memphis Walk

  1. Desirae says:

    It really does look like a zombie movie, just before the protagonist is faced with the first horde of undead. I love the old style signs and billboards – I can see what you mean about the history of the place being retained.

  2. John Hale says:

    Sheila, thank you so much for the article and pics. Although I’m a California boy, now living in the Bay Area, I grew up in Memphis, and I still have relatives and a friend or two there. If you get the chance don’t miss the band, Freeworld. They’re a great Memphis group and they play a lot on Beale Street and out in Germantown.

    Spooky seeing such empty streets. Your waterfront pictures were taken within a hundred yards or so of where my brother used to live on the riverfront with his family.

    Thanks for the memories!

    • sheila says:

      John – hello! I love love that riverfront area! I love how there’s the bluff and then down below is that park, and the walkway along the river. It’s just so scenic. So beautiful.

      I have loved my time here. It’s a welcoming place to outsiders.

  3. noel shine says:

    Sheila, I am enjoying your despatches from Memphis a lot. If I ever get to travel to Memphis I would do, as you are doing and experience it alone when going off the beaten track or at off-peak hours. I would bring family/friends but I would have to take that time out to see and “feel” the Memphis that has been conjured up within my imaginings from music and film references too. Tupelo would be a must in this regard. Have a happy and healthy new year.

    • sheila says:

      Yes, I have loved having the time to just hang out here, not just do tourist stuff, but actually have the time to just BE.

      I went to Tupelo! I was there on a Sunday morning, around 9 a.m., and it was a total ghost town. Literally: filled with ghosts. The frost was on the grass. I walked around. I found the hardware store where he got his first guitar. I got a feel for the place. I’ll post pics eventually.

      I also went to Horn Lake, Mississippi and tracked down the Circle G, which was a very interesting excursion.

      • Noel Shine says:

        Looking forward to your posts on Tupelo and Circle G. The quality of the Memphis photos(and writing) is first class. I always get a kick out of the fact that Elvis got his first guitar from a man called Bobo and that Vernon’s landlord was Mr Bean. Hope to get there some day. My only walking in the steps of Elvis experience was in Paris @ the Prince De Galles Hotel a few years ago and even that was magical. There is no rationale to it, but even my non-Elvis friends who were with me say that he has left some serious vibes in his wake ……..from 59/60. Yes we had been drinking.

  4. Mr. Lion says:

    Strip joint

    … what, no interior shots? ;)

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