The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature

Photo on the Cover of our October Issue by Al Lyons


I received a wonderful photo from Mule writer Al Lyons that is absolutely perfect for this month’s personal memoir theme.

I remember Stuckeys when we traveled — looks like that could be the original intent of this building.

Al included this with his email:

This is of Florida Souvenir Land, which is located on Hwy 301 between Lawtey, FL and Jacksonville, FL. It is a long stretch of US Hwy that remains the only direct route from central Florida to Jacksonville, unless one wants to go 50-or-so miles out of the way, up I-75 then across I-10 (Which is the AAA recommended route). There are speed traps in Waldo and Lawtey, where the posted MPH limit transitions suddenly from  60 mph to 30mph. These are a primary source of income for these one-stoplight towns.

Al Lyons

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