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Posted: Feb 14, 2008 11:06 am
 
some friends and i have been interested in exploring old/strange places in memphis...i know of a lot but wondered what you guys had for suggestions.

we just went in the old justines- so strange- all the stuff still inside and all the patios and bars out back!
Posted: Feb 14, 2008 11:09 am
 
I hear Matador is buying Memphis and replacing Graceland with the house where the guy from Pavement lives.
Posted: Feb 14, 2008 11:16 am
 
get a bike. Ride north or south. east-west is boring. no one sees north/south except from the interstates/hwy 51.

i need to check out justine's. are they going to tear it down?

amie has some great shots on flickr of the tennessee brewery downtown.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/amiev/sets/72157603893631075/

i mentioned President's Island above.

Most of the cool stuff I've seen has been on a bike. whitehaven and the industrial parks and golf course near PI are my next goals.
Posted: Feb 14, 2008 11:22 am
 
i dont know- its for sale. its pretty creepy inside..and out back in the pavilions all the fake plants and decorations are still out. All the carpet and a lot stuff is still inside.

It's actually kind sad, considering how beautiful the place used to be.

You have to climb a fence to get in and it has been boarded up a couple of times when i've been, but we still got in.

Wasn't it briefly a nightclub after justine's closed?

I got the Justine's book for christmas a few years ago- really interesting and says the place is haunted.
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 1:34 pm
 
anyone?
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 2:03 pm
 
old bridge arkansas side is pretty cool...some dude on flickr has pictures from an old ammo factory around here. URL
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 2:35 pm
 
The Sheahan Pumping Station (just east of UofM) is a really cool old Art Deco complex from the 30s. My firm is currently trying to figure out how to retrofit it to be able to withstand earthquakes upwards of a 6 without altering the facade. I was reminded by this picture where you can see the parapet braced back to the roof (we'll probably end up doing a similar thing on the old roofs of the pumping station.

Unfortunately, thanks to 9-11, you can't get within throwing distance of the place. It's a bunch of cool old buildings though.

My wife said that when she was in high school, people used to go to the stone monument yard (where Evelyn dead ends west of Cooper?) to take pictures for photography class/smoke weed. She said it was kind of cool.

As archaic and run down as the exhibits in the Pink Palace are, I love going there and smelling the formaldehyde.

And one time I found a bunch of old porno, spent lighters and tin foil in the woods of Overton Park.
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 2:42 pm
 
thanks sam- ill check that out (its holly by the way)!
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 3:15 pm
 
woodsy,
I know lots of places. Memphis is full of adventures.
amiev and I went downtown today and took pics of the Tiger fans. That was a superfun adventure in and of itself.
Do you want to photo, or spelunk? I could use a photo buddy sometimes, but I'm an old lady and not too into spelunking. A little bit of trespassing for the art is okay, though.
I have lots of pics of cool things in Memphis. Browse through my sets.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alisa_in_memphis/sets/
Posted: Feb 23, 2008 4:02 pm
 
If you have a couple of people with you, the train tracks running west and parallel to Third St. is a fantastic time. Very Depression South meets Land of the Lost.
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:35 am | Edited by: woodsy
 
saispas-oooh- sounds good. that one may definitely need a different group than me and britney and a fag though!

alisa- fun picutures. We dont spelunk really- just look around and whatever. britney and i were going to start our super nerd explorers club and do it every saturday- starting with mimosas/early brunch, exploring and possibly estate sales if there's time- usually sundays for estate sailing though.

anyone is welcome to join our EXPLORERS CLUB even though we do have an admittadly stringent application process!
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:38 am
 
stringent application process!

Waking up nude behind some dumpster on Lamar?
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:39 am
 
?? did i miss a reference?
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:41 am | Edited by: woodsy
 
or should i say "admittedly somewhat stringent screening process"? as connie and raymond would say?
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:47 am
 
saispas-oooh- sounds good. that one may definitely need a different group than me and britney and a fag though!

Most definitely; it ain't safe and it is swampy and snakey too. There are all sorts of old ironworks and ancient billboard posts down there that used to be there specifically for the train passengers. It is really lush and gorgeous. I haven't been down there in nearly 10 years though, so some salvagers could have gotten all the iron for all I know.
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:54 am
 
im obsessed with swamps! perfect!
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 11:56 am
 
If you're obsessed with swamps, canoe the Ghost River section of the Wolf River. 6 hour canoe means six hours of canoing, not six hours of "let's stop here and have lunch or fish or look around". Otherwise, you'll be stuck in the swamp overnight. Not fun.
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 12:00 pm
 
oh my gosh im DYING to go- we were supposed to go last summer! It looks so awesome!!!

I remember seeing these ads on the back of the flyer a few years back for something like Black Swamp tours around here- I always wondered about that...
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 12:21 pm
 
(its holly by the way)!

HA! I thought it was Abe's male friend Woodsy.

I name dropped you on the ladies getting haircuts thread when somebody asked about going to your old work...
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 12:22 pm
 
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 12:23 pm
 
yeah- i dont do too much hair - occasional photo shoots for st. jude and such- but im a senionr at u of m- went back to finish my degree in non-profit development! I hated that place..
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 6:59 pm
 
Unfortunately, thanks to 9-11, you can't get within throwing distance of the place. It's a bunch of cool old buildings though.
jerryd and I rode our bikes back there; no problems.

Holly Woods?
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 7:58 pm
 
yes ma'am-hey ashley!
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 8:04 pm
 
starting with mimosas/early brunch, exploring and possibly estate sales if there's time- usually sundays for estate sailing though.

that sounds like fun. holla at me, holly. i'm down.
Posted: Feb 25, 2008 10:31 pm
 
jerryd and I rode our bikes back there; no problems.

no way, they have a 7 foot fence around the place and your car has to get buzzed in via intercom.
Posted: Feb 26, 2008 8:01 am
 
dude, you can't bunny hop?
Posted: Feb 26, 2008 9:18 am
 
no way, they have a 7 foot fence around the place and your car has to get buzzed in via intercom.

I put ashley on my handle bars and we flew over it E.T. style.
Posted: Feb 26, 2008 5:33 pm
 
We must be talking about different places then. We rode over the grass to the pumping station from the parking lot on Zach Curlin. That was probably about a year and a half ago.
Posted: Feb 26, 2008 11:30 pm
 
And one time I found a bunch of old porno, spent lighters and tin foil in the woods of Overton Park.

gross.

We were jogging in the woods there and I stumbled upon a tree with a polaroid of a guys dick that said " leave a picture of yours!"
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 7:23 am | Edited by: SAMBEAUX
 
We rode over the grass to the pumping station from the parking lot on Zach Curlin. That was probably about a year and a half ago.

The closest building to Zack Curlin is the aerator building. It's a two story, open air building where they drop the water 2 stories through about 8 different racks filled with peat. This somehow makes the water taste better and introduces air into the water. There is a fence about 30 yards from this building though.

Incidentally, underneath most of that raised area, just East of Zack Curlin, are two mammoth concrete reservoirs each full of several million gallons of Memphis' drinking water, ready to be sent by pipe to our houses.

And one time I found a bunch of old porno, spent lighters and tin foil in the woods of Overton Park.

gross.


My wife thought that I had known about it all along and had just led her over to it as my coming out. Surely there must be easier ways for gay dudes to hook up than at Overton Park. Maybe they just like the Woodland Setting.

Holly, check out this place too.
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 9:21 am
 
My wife thought that I had known about it all along and had just led her over to it as my coming out. Surely there must be easier ways for gay dudes to hook up than at Overton Park. Maybe they just like the Woodland Setting.


THAT is the thing- the majority of the dudes having sex out in the damn woods are married with kids or some shit and not offifially "gay"- those freaks givin the gays a bad name!


Why is it so amusing to my that you're talking about a pumping station (also the name of the leather daddy gay bar on poplar) and the overton park woods in the same post?
GAY!!!
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 9:42 am
 
open air building where they drop the water 2 stories through about 8 different racks filled with peat.

Never saw any peat when I worked there...basically back then (mid 70's) the water dropped from concrete tray to concrete tray to beat the iron out of it and as you say, to areate it.
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 10:05 am
 
You worked at the Pumping Station?! Were you the guy who dumped all his vinyl at Goner when the Pumping Station went cd only? If so, I've got your Harley David Son of a Bitch 12"!
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 10:27 am
 
Worked at MLGW...back then all of my stuff was on 78's.
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 1:26 pm
 
That mighta been my copy of The Bullock Bros 12"
Posted: Feb 27, 2008 1:28 pm | Edited by: taterhead
 
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