Cotton is King in Memphis, Texas
"We stopped for some gas..."
I-40 between Dallas and Amarillo is pretty long and boring, so stopping for gas is a big deal. But, I like to browse old town centers if time permits. The town is a county seat, has about 2,000 residents, and a reputable looking old courthouse. I learned at the gas station that Memphis is the cotton capitol fo the world.
"Cotton is king here as seen in the city streets..."
We followed the fields of cotton for miles before and after Memphis, and knew we had just missed harvest. The cotton crop is completely mechanical these days, and in the fields we found bundles covered for protection against possible rain. In town, the curbs were places where cotton collected as trucks let the fluff fly on the way through town to the compressor, the main employer in town.
"Some small businesses aspired toward creativity..."
Since Amarillo is the closest metropolitan area, these souls don't have a lot to aspire to in terms of urban culture. So, they make their own based on what is seen in magazines and on cable. For those looking for a bite to eat, we noticed a couple decent looking Mexican restaurants in town.