Tunica & Mojo

 

 

 

Tunica and Memphis Mojo Tour
September 21 - 24, 2010

9.25.10  Hi Becky....I want to thank you once again for giving us an "unforgettable" Tunica trip. With each trip, I am getting to know more people and I am beginning to feel like I belong to this group. I am looking forward to the next trip...no matter where it is, and hopefully, I will stand on my own two feet !!! Hugs, Sue H.

It was a hot, hot week in Mississippi!  The further north we traveled on the way home on Friday evening, the cooler it got. 

The cotton farmers were in high gear picking and baling cotton, and burning off some of the fields.

Of course, we can not take pictures inside the casino.  I need to persuade someone to secretly snap a few shots with their camera phone.  The accommodations at Sam's Town are so very comfortable, hearing comments on the great beds and nice showers.  We visited The Roadhouse, Bally's, Resorts and Hollywood. The picture below is approaching Bally's.

On Thursday afternoon, we took a side trip to Memphis, where we picked up our step-on guide and a navigator on Beale Street.

Gary Hardy, our step-on guide, was born and raised in Memphis and had been in the music business most all his life.  He was a writer and producer of music, so extremely knowledgeable about the early history, development and happenings of music in the Memphis area. 

We toured the area for 2 hours, while Gary fed us information and pointed out places of interest.

Below, the Sam Phillips Recording Service building.  Sam Phillips was an American record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock 'n roll in the 1950's.  He is most notably attributed with the discoveries of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and also developed his own record label, Sun Records.  The studio is still an active studio.

Below is a picture of the apartment building where Elvis was raised as a teenager.  The 2 windows at the bottom were the apartment that housed his mother, father and Elvis.

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis all originally had the desire to be gospel singers.  Below is a picture where Johnny Cash attended church and sang.

Below is a picture of what is now a park and was the site of the main battle of the civil war in Memphis.  Gary humorously told us that it was probably the shortest battle of the civil war, with the soldiers quickly surrendering.

Below are pictures of the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King's assassination.  As you can see, the city of Memphis keeps a white wreath on the railing in front of the room in which Martin Luther King had stayed the night before.  The 2 white cars were vehicles that were a part of his entourage.

Many thanks to Gary and Bill for such an enlightening tour.  So many of our passengers have been on the Tunica trip numerous times and found this tour a wonderful way to actually know the Memphis area an its history.

A barge on the Mississippi River on the return trip home.