Sunday, April 06, 2008

Lost Highways

On opposite ends of Memphis.

In the middle of the woods at Lichterman Nature Center.

Mysterious Street Lamp in Lichterman Nature Center

Across the road from St. Jude on Jackson Avenue at Third Street. It points east by southeast, out of line with the street grid.

Mysterious Highway Marker on Jackson Avenue

Remnants of roads that have vanished.

If you know, or have theories, about their meaning, I'd like to know.

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Blogger Shannon said...

"it was a parking lot, now it's all covered in daisies..."

12:20 PM  
Blogger nathanwberry said...

you've got it, you've got it

nice find.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Kelvin Oliver said...

The land of mysterious.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Ganja Blue said...

Were there any fauns by the lamp post?

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

You should check out the old road in Shelby Forest. Growing up in Memphis, we used to go there in the '80's and ride our bikes.

11:03 AM  
Blogger nathanwberry said...

and don't forget about the old i-40 overpasses that they finally tore down a few years back in crosstown. i'll try to post some of my old photos of those.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the lamp in the middle of LNC, I had heard that it illuminated the area of the old swimming pool built by Clarence Saunders when it was his country place.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Naomi Van Tol said...

My guess on the second mystery is that the roads in that part of town were realigned after the city ditched Gayoso Bayou. Road engineers always want to bridge creeks at a right angle, but if you don't have the equipment to ditch the creek to match your grid system...

I just emailed you a 1911 Memphis map that may help.

6:44 PM  

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