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Red Dirt And Cotton On US 287, Memphis, TX 79245

11-07-2010 · Comments (7)
Categories: Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Portra 160VC  USA  

Taken on US287 just outside of Memphis, TX. I'm pretty sure I was hot-tailing it to Amarillo and the weather was getting colder with more chance of snow. This place was right alongside the main highway and appeared to be in the middle of cotton fields. I'd love to know its story.
Memphis, had its beginning in 1889, when J. C. Montgomery purchased land for a townsite north of Salisbury on the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway. This land had been previously owned by W. H. Robertson, who had a dugout near Parker Creek. Montgomery and Robertson, with Rev. J. W. Brice and T. J. Woods, Jr., of Dallas, formed a townsite company and presented a plat early in January 1890. P. M. Kelly opened a law office. A rooming house (later the Memphis Hotel), a general store, a drugstore, and several residences were soon erected. For a time the new town was without a name. Several suggestions were submitted to federal postal authorities but with negative results. Finally, as the story goes, Reverend Brice, while in Austin, happened to see a letter addressed by accident to Memphis, Texas, rather than Tennessee, with the notation "no such town in Texas." The name was submitted and accepted, and a post office was established on September 12, 1890, with Robertson as postmaster.
Here is a street view of the place just in case you ever find yourself in need of cotton!

One, two, three, four
Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don'-go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Listening to:"Do You Realize??" (Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots) - The Flaming Lips

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