Postcard from Memphis
|with Scott Gibson|
MEMPHIS -- Nearly three-quarters of a million travelers tour Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis each year. Thousands of others pack the blues clubs along Beale Street or visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel on Mulberry Street.
But if you've got a sturdy pair of walking shoes, you can leave the tourists behind and discover some old-house history in this Mississippi River city.
That's exactly what I did in mid-February of 2006 as part of a business trip here.
It's a fair walk from the downtown commercial district to the Victorian Village, a cluster of homes dating from the mid-19th century. The desk clerk at the hotel I was staying at on North Main gave me directions: Go north on Main, take a right on Adams, and then walk another eight to ten blocks.
He was right on the money. I found the neighborhood, but hard times got there first.
The Victorian Village of Memphis is a small, but interesting collection of mid-19th century homes.
A "budget situation" takes its toll
The unusually balmy February day was ideal walking weather, but I didn't notice any other camera-toting visitors as I made my way east along Adams.
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