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Monarch Saloon Memphis Ladies T Shirt - Relaxed Fit 

SKU:LADMONARCH1300
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Size Width Length
S 17" 25"
M 19" 26"
L 21" 27"
XL 23" 28"
2XL 25" 29.5"
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This Bluescentric Brand ladies t-shirt is available in relaxed fit sizes up to 2XL. The material is a 4.2 oz 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton with side seams. Heather colors are 52/48, Athletic Heather is 90/10, Heather Prism colors are 99/1.

In a time when Memphis was known for tough establishments, The Monarch stood out as one of the most notorious. 

Operating since at least 1908 and closing in the 1950s, The Monarch was a rowdy, ornate gambling parlor, constructed to be “the finest in the South” at great expense by Memphis gangster Jim Kinnane. 

Filled with secret entrances, trap doors and seedy back rooms, The Monarch Club earned the nickname “The Castle of Missing Men”, because, rumor had it, a funeral home across the back alley would “disappear” bodies of victims, down-on-their-luck gamblers, trouble makers & debtors who got in over their heads. 

The club’s heyday existed at the same time B.B. King & Elvis Presley searched for paths into the music business while watching W.C. Handy, Furry Lewis & Bukka White perform on the street. Future gangster Machine Gun Kelly hung in front of The Monarch hocking prohibition-defying bottles of liquor. Robert Wilkins even wrote a song about The Monarch, “Old Jim Canan’s”.

The building still stands at 340 Beale Street, ironically now a Memphis Police sub-station. Which is probably good, because Beale Street during the time of The Monarch’s raucous reign would reportedly have ambulances lined up for a half mile to cart off the evening’s victims.

After The Monarch closed, it became a short-lived record label called House of Sound.