2020 MEMPHIS MYSTERIES


DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES

2020 Mysteries

LOOKING FOR A FUN ACTIVITY TO ENGAGE IN FROM HOME? WANT TO EXPLORE MEMPHIS and still practice social distancing?  WE NEED YOUR HELP! EACH WEEK WE’LL BE POSTING IMAGES FROM DIG MEMPHIS THAT ARE MISSING CRUCIAL DETAILS.  SEE IF YOU CAN HELP US FILL IN SOME OF THE GAPS!

If you suggest an answer, please share with us how you solved the mystery! To see previous posts that have been solved, visit our SOLVED MYSTERIES PAGE.
Include your name, and we’ll give you credit on the item record.

12/14/2020:

As you may have noticed, we’re taking a hiatus in posting new DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES. We’ll return in the new year. In the meantime, please keep those submissions coming!


11/16/2020:

“Colonial Road”. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0030)

The data accompanying this image indicates that the photograph was taken in 1962. Beyond that, we don’t really know much about where this photo was taken. The description on the digital record simply states, “A photo of Colonial Road.” Do you know where this photo was taken on Colonial Road?


11/09/2020:

“S. Third Street, 1938”. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0361)

Many of our unmapped images are from the Municipal Reference Library and depict scenes of construction during the 1930s. This picture of South Third Street was taken in May of 1938. The pavement in the street appears to be damaged. Trees and a hedge line the street, with business signs partially visible on the right. Can you locate this spot on South Third Street?


8/3/2020:


“Idlewild Avenue”. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0527)

The above image is another photograph that is part of the series showing old homes from around the turn of the 20th century. This on depicts a scene on an unpaved Idlewild Avenue. Are you able to recognize any of the old homes seen here?

“Hernando Street”. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0519)

This 1895 photograph shows homes along Hernando Street. The age of the image and the placement of the camera make this mystery especially difficult to solve. We do not see many details of the homes; however, it is possible other photographs exist showing this area of Hernando Street. If you recognize where these homes would be located today, let us know!


7/27/2020:

“Houses on Washington Avenue “. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0395)

This picture, c.1900, shows Victorian-era houses lining a stretch of Washington Avenue. Nearly all of the grand homes along Washington have been lost over time, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly where this photograph was taken. Are you able to recognize any of the old homes seen here?


7/13/2020:

“Scene on Speedway (2)”. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0354)

This photo shows the Speedway with trees and gardens along both sides. Can you help us pinpoint what spot along the Speedway is shown in this image?


6/29/2020:

“Scene On Poplar” . Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0829)

This black and white postcard shows homes along Poplar Avenue at the turn of the twentieth century. The caption on bottom of postcard reads, “Scene on Poplar. 1900.” Poplar Avenue has changed dramatically over the course of the previous century. Can you determine what block of Poplar Avenue is shown here?

Residences on Union Avenue, 1900. Memphis Streetscapes Collection, DIG Memphis. (Digital ID Street0377)

These two photographs (each measuring 7.25 x 4.25 inches) labeled “Scenes on Union Avenue” show Victorian-era houses on Union Avenue. The notation “1900” is written in the lower right corner. Can you help us determine the coordinates or street addresses for each of these locations?


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Resources:

Here are some resources that can help with your search.

City Directories 1849-1943 – Shelby County Registrar (link)

Commercial Appeal Archives 1894-Today – Newsbank (link)

Historic Shelby County – Aerial Maps (link)

Maps of Memphis (link)

Vehicle Registration Plates of TN – Wikipedia (link)