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August 22, 2013

March 1956 : Let’s All Go On A Honeymoon Trip With Sally Jo and Dean – Part 2

By Sara In AZ

We are continuing along on our honeymoon road trip with Sally Jo and Dean in Part 2 of this 4 part series. If you missed Part 1 make sure  to check it out!

These are the honeymoon memories of Sally Jo and Dean Kilpatrick from late March 1956.

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They made it to Memphis, but it doesn’t seem like they saw very much of the town….only some window shopping and a stroll through a park.

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I am assuming they went to Vicksburg to tour the National Military Park since this pamphlet was in the book….though no mention of it is made in her scrapbook.

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Oops….Sally Jo mistakenly put “Tennessee” after Vicksburg – it should have been Mississippi. Oh well, I’d probably do the same thing if I got up at 5am too!

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Here is some paper ephemera from the motel they stayed at – Motel Dixiana.

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I LOVE this matchbook cover image illustrating the interior of Motel Dixiana, it looks like an adorable place to stay!

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Here is a vintage postcard image of the Motel Dixiana from the website Preservation In Mississippi

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And here is a recent image of the motel from Google Maps. It look very much the same and still retains that way cool sign!

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Now we are off to Louisiana! They visited Afton Villa and Gardens . Sadly, after they visited the villa it burned down in 1963 after having been completely restored in the 1940s.

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I guess they didn’t do much sightseeing in Baton Rouge since it appears they were  lost for most of the time while in that area!

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However, they did manage to make it to a snake and alligator farm somewhere in Louisiana….seems like she was more enchanted by the baby monkey though!

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Looks like they are doing a lot of driving on the 25th….we’ve made it all the way into Texas now!

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It appears they logged over 200 miles of  driving on this day going from Louisiana to Texas…..I am sure back then that was a pretty significant day of driving. I guess Port Arthur did not impress them so they decided to make the drive to Beaumont Texas about 20 miles away.

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Come back next Thursday for Part 3 of Sally Jo and Dean’s honeymoon trip!

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12 Responses to March 1956 : Let’s All Go On A Honeymoon Trip With Sally Jo and Dean – Part 2

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

    They are really covering some miles! I love the little notes about calling mothers and riding with the windows down.

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      They ARE covering some miles Eartha….crazy….and I adore those little notes too…so sweet!

  2. MadgesHatbox.com Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Love this series!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you SO much, so happy you are enjoying it!

  3. RetroRuth Reply

    August 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Having made a similar drive somewhat recently (Love those sales in Texas, right Sara?!) I can appreciate how tired they must have been! Wow!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I know Ruth…esp. back then…..with only 2 lane roads and no freeway system…it must have taken SO long to get anywhere!

  4. Andrea Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Wow, that is definitely some impressive milage they are making – it’s amazing that they had time to stop and see anything!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      So true Andrea….it seems like they would have to drive 24 hours a day to make the kind of miles they are making…..let alone see the sights!

  5. AtomicVault.etsy.com Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Me thinks this was also pre-AC cranked up in the car, driving in the South! Yikes! No wonder the alligators were a bit dopy 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      August 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Oh gosh…..I hadn’t even thought of that Colleen…..no A/C…driving South….eeps!!!!!!!!

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