Ask Vance November 2011

Here's the old Lakeland train as it looks today.


Lost and Found: Lakeland's Old Huff-n-Puff Locomotive

Most readers of this column probably remember Lakeland, the "fun for the whole family" amusement park that operated in the 1960s and '70s just east of Memphis, along Canada Road. Developed by Louis... more »

Nov 30, 2011 9:12 PM Ask Vance

The Polynesian Restaurant Craze in Memphis

In the 1960s, a peculiar craze for Polynesian-themed restaurants swept across America. I'm not really sure what prompted it, but overnight just about every city had converted a rather basic eatery ... more »

Nov 29, 2011 3:50 PM Ask Vance

Lost Memphis: The Pig 'n Whistle

From 1929 until it closed in 1966, the place to be in Memphis was 1579 Union. A drive-in with the curious name of Pig ‘n Whistle lured Elvis Presley, Dewey Phillips, and thousands of teenagers to i... more »

Nov 18, 2011 10:19 AM Ask Vance

Lost Memphis: Rainbow Lake's Terrace Room

Mention Rainbow Lake to longtime Memphians and they may recall the huge swimming pool and the massive roller-skating rink that was part of the complex at 2879 Lamar. But another memorable feature w... more »

Nov 7, 2011 1:52 PM Ask Vance

Meet Homer G. Wells — Famous Memphis Detective and "Bloodhound Man"

Pardon me if this seems arrogant, but sometimes I like to think I’m quite a detective when it comes to solving interesting old mysteries. But way back when, Memphis had a real detective in town, a ... more »

Nov 3, 2011 11:07 AM Ask Vance

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