A video version of this story is available here:
After the initial broadcast, KTHS had the duo come in and perform every Sunday. A few months later, Lauck and Goff traveled to Chicago to audition for a network radio program with NBC.
The show would become so famous that in 1936, the town of Waters, Arkansas - whose residents had been the basis for many characters -- petitioned to change its name to Pine Ridge, and business owners there opened their own Jot 'Em Down Store, barber shop and other storefronts. Listen to the show's announcement on the subject in this broadcast from April 26th, 1936.
Today, you can visit the Jot 'Em Down Store and its Lum and Abner Museum on Highway 88 in Pine Ridge, between Mount Ida and Mena. The attraction was opened in the 1970s and features photography and posters from Lum and Abners' years, early 20th century merchandise, and the original local post office. You can listen to recordings of the show as you explore the facility.
Additional items from the show can be found on display at the historic Kansas City Southern Depot, in nearby downtown Mena.
Each June, Mena celebrates the show with the annual Lum and Abner Festival, which has continued at the city's Janssen Park for more than 40 years.
If you'd like to learn mor about the Lum and Abner Festival, call the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission at 479-394-8355 or head over to VisitMena.com.
If youd like to visit the Lum and Abner Museum, contact Lon or Kathy Stucker, store managers at 870-326-4442 or visit lum-n-abner.com.
Want to experience some of Lum and Abner's shows on your own? The Internet Archive holds many of these public domain items online. Here are a few you can download and watch/hear for absolutely free. I utilized much of this in the creation of the linked video.
So This Is Washington (1943 film)
The Bashful Bachelor (1942 film)
Dreaming Out Loud (1940 film)
Lum and Abner TV pilot (1955 unaired pilot)
Two Weeks To Live (1943 film)
Hours of recorded shows 1933-1935
Even more hours 1935-1937
Wonderful article! And, since 2011, there has been a "Lum and Abner" comic strip published each week, which includes an audio version for our many blind friends. You're invited to visit!ReplyDelete
That is so very, very marvelous!Delete
Thank you so much! This year, 2021, we're celebrating Lum and Abner's 90th anniversary!Delete