Saturday, August 1, 2009

WKNO's Downtown Documentary; Photos from the Trolley Tour; Alley Markers 9 & 10

A few months back WKNO asked Memphians to submit downtown photos and memorabilia from 1900 - the 1970's for use in their upcoming documentary about downtown. Well, their MEMPHIS MEMOIRS: DOWNTOWN premieres Monday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs on WKNO2 (10.2) Tuesday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m., and Thursday, August 13 at 8:30 p.m. The program features some "never-before-seen images of the city from Memphians' private scrapbooks".

Below are a few photos from last night's trolley tour - we could not have asked for better weather in July for a stroll down S. Main. I looked for the fire dancer and either missed her or she wasn't around.
My friend Mary, a former Memphian, called just as I was walking out the door to head to S. Main and so she "walked" with me down there as I gave her the blow by blow of who was out and what was happening.

Hanging out in and around shops.

DJ and Dancing in front of Runway Boutique.

Musicians scattered about here and there.

We are nearing the end of the marker tour as there are only two more alley markers after today. Alley markers 4 - 8 are not installed so we have below alley markers A-9 (I posted about that colorful Doc Hottum last summer) and A-10:

Some text from a couple of yet to be installed alley markers:

A-4 (to be installed at NE corner of Barbaro/Main) "In the 1860's, Madame Cora James claimed to give psychic predictions, recover stolen goods and cure insanity and nervous diseases from her room around the corner on Main."

A-7 (to be installed in November 6th Alley between Madison and Monroe) "The steamboat Helen McGregor exploded in the Memphis harbor in 1830. The bodies of 50 vicims were flung into the alley between here and Poplar." Seems unlikely, really.