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Jul/Aug 2009 Issue

El Dorado wins award

Travelers to southern Arkansas may want to take in El Dorado, a city recently recognized by the National Trust Main Streets Center. Main Street El Dorado was one of five recipients of the Great American Main Street Award, which recognized exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing historical and traditional commercial districts.

The 20-block district in El Dorado has 65 shops, restaurants and accommodations. For more information on downtown El Dorado, visit www.mainstreeteldorado.org.

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MS Blues Trail goes national

The Mississippi Blues Trail installed its first out-of-state marker in Memphis on May 8.

Titled “Mississippi to Memphis,” the marker that is in front of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum on Third Street near Beale acknowledges Mississippians who performed in Memphis, including B.B. King and Elvis Presley.

Elvis fans may want to visit Memphis Aug. 8–16 for the city’s annual Elvis Week events (www.elvisweek.com).

Clarksdale, Miss., will present the annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in front of the Delta Blues Museum on Aug. 7–8. Clarksdale is about 75 miles south of Memphis.

To date, more than 70 blues markers are in Mississippi. For more information on the Mississippi Blues Trail program, click on www.msbluestrail.org.

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