Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Blast from the past.

Cardcow.com has a bunch of vintage Jackson postcards for sale on its website. Some of the postcards that show some of Jackson's past are posted below.  Enjoy.

Hawkins Field

Paul's Restaurant on Hwy 80. Owned by Nick Apostle's dad.

New Stage Theatre

Capitol Street Methodist Church

Grillis Grill

Ariel view of Jackson in 1946

Old Entrance to the Zoo in 1930's


Anonymous said...

The zoo entrance with a few adjustments would look good today.

Anonymous said...

The zoo entrance, with proper modifications, has promise. The two, pagoda-like structures, if raised to proper height, would serve quite nicely as sniper towers.

Messick said...

Where on 80 was the Stonewall Jackson Inn & Paul's? I love that signage.

Anonymous said...

Stonewall Jackson Inn was on 80 just west of Valley Street. Is now Travel Inn. If I remember correctly, Paul's was very close to the intersection of Valley and 80, on the North side of the highway.

Anonymous said...

After looking at the postcard, Paul's was part of the Stonewall Inn.

Anonymous said...

Brown Derby? in the same neighborhood?

Anonymous said...

Brown Derby was at intersection of 80 and Ellis.

Anonymous said...

Stonewall Jackson / Paul's were on the south side of 80

Anonymous said...

It was the GREEN Derby that was located at Ellis and 80

Anonymous said...

The aerial view of Jackson looks like a game of Sim City.

The site has several old motels/motor courts that are still around in some fashion - either run down, repurposed, or completely abandoned. The Tarrymore Motel is still on 80, but it's empty. The Holiday Terrace Motel is the Holiday Motel on 80 and looks close ot the postcard, albeit much rattier. Even the little chain fence out front is still around. The old Sheraton on I-55 (now some cheap fleabag) is on the site. And Homewood Manor, long a trailer park on State Street, used to be motor courts.

I remember the Petroleum building with its groovy multi-colored tiles. I always thought it looked like the Sun-n-Sand Motel.

Sad to see what Jackson has become, especially Highway 80.

This Day In History.. said...

Stonewall Jackson Motor Inn is mostly famous for the time, about 16 years ago, when a KLLM truck driver holed himself up in one of the cheap suites, punched out the bathroom window and began popping off rounds at traffic on interstate 20 behind the joint.

Only fitting that it would become The Quality Inn.....

Messick said...

Just going by the site of Capitol Street Methodist is sad.

Anonymous said...

What a great city, at one time, to see it in the state of decay it is in. So many memories. I wish businesses would go back to using neon lights again.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone remember the restaurant Fishermans Wharf? Who owned it and why did it close?

Anonymous said...

Ok, who beat me to the Grillis Grill card? I've got an extensive collection, and I didn't even know that one existed.

Anonymous said...

Re: 12/27 9:13 PM

I do remember Fisherman's Wharf. It was owned by a gentlemen whose first name was Jerry (I believe he was Greek descent). The food there was fabulous! When the Highway 80 area started down hill, the owner moved and opened the restaurant next door to the Cock of the Walk at the Reservoir. The food was still good but, never quite like the Highway 80 location. After several years there, I remember hearing that Jerry was sick (cancer I believe). Later, he passed away.

Anonymous said...

Boy, this says more about the decline and fall of Jackson than any words can. And please, no Fondren 'we can do it' jibberish.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of old restaurants, does anyone remember the Olympia Grill on Lakeland, across from the fire station? That guy had a menu item called "steak Stavros" that was the best piece of meat I ever had in my mouth!

(That's what she said!)

But seriously, I would love to get that recipe. It was incredible!

Anyone know anything about that place?

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