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Historic Memphis lives on in these attractions.

Memphis Belle Memphis Belle Named after the girlfriend of the pilot, this "Flying Fortress" bomber is one of the few remaining B-17s.  It was one of the first to complete 25 combat missions in World War II, and it also was the first B-17 with 25 combat missions sent back to tour the US to help sell war bonds.
Peabody Hotel The original Peabody Hotel opened in 1869 and was named after George Peabody, an international financier and philanthropist.  The present building opened in 1925 and has been a Memphis landmark ever since.
Old ad for Peabody SkywayDuring WWII, it's Skyway was the site of nightly dancing, and the bands were often broadcast on CBS radio.  In 1943, the author James Jones (best known for From Here To Eternity) was a patient in Memphis' Kennedy Veterans Hospital and frequently partied at the Peabody.  He wrote about his experiences in his last novel, Whistle.
The March of the Peabody Ducks The Peabody Ducks have become a national icon.  Their red carpet march to the lobby fountain has been taking place for over 76 years and is performed at 11 am and
5 pm 365 days a year.
Historic Elmwood Cemetary Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1852 and is one of the oldest active cemeteries in the country.  Lovely Victorian statuary decorates many of the 70,000 graves, and the visitor's center is in a Gothic cottage built in 1866.  (Photo courtesy of University of Missouri-Columbia.)
A. Schwab's Dry Goods A. Schwab Dry Goods, in the family since 1876, is the only remaining original business on Beale St.  Their motto is "If you can't find it at A. Schwab's, you're better off without it!"  Elvis shopped here, and you can, too, but only during the day, it's not open at night.  Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm.
Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village Victorian Village features three 19th century houses: the Magevney House, the Mallory-Neely House, and the Woodruff-Fontaine House.    (Photo courtesy of J & D Richardson and Digital Memphis.)
Memphis Trolley The Main Street Trolley runs from the historic Pinch District near the Pyramid, now a lively entertainment area, to the South Main district, an old section of town that features restaurants, shops, and art galleries, the newly renovated Central Station, and the sights below.
Lorraine Motel The Lorraine Motel is where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, on the balcony of Room 306, on April 4, 1968.  A local nonprofit group saved it from foreclosure in 1982 and turned it into the National Civil Rights Museum.
Orpheum Theatre The Orpheum Theatre opened on October 15, 1928 on the corner of Main and Beale, replacing an 1888 building called the Grand Opera which burned to the ground in 1925.   The new building housed the Malco movie theatre from 1940 until 1976 and has overcome bankruptcies and the threat of demolition to triumph in a $5 million dollar renovation in 1982.  It now presents Broadway shows and is home to Memphis' ballet and opera companies.
Arcade Restaurant The Arcade Restaurant opened in 1919 and is the city's oldest restaurant.  When you're in the downtown area, be sure and visit this Memphis landmark that was used in the movies The Client, Mystery Train, and Great Balls of Fire.  Located at the corner of Main and G.E. Patterson in the South Main district.  (Photo courtesy of
Peanut Shop The Peanut Shoppe has been a Memphis traditon since 1951.  Just look for the large Mr. Peanut and his cane on South Main for peanuts roasted and fried and other things delightfully nutty.