Creque's Alley ~ Vintage St Thomas ~ US Virgin Islands ~ Notebook Journal

Creque's Alley ~ Vintage St Thomas ~ US Virgin Islands ~ Notebook Journal

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Valerie Sims

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VintageVirginIslands made this item with help from
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Looking for a unique notebook?
This one was created to honor the rich history of Creque's Alley in St. Thomas.

🌴 CREQUE'S ALLEY 🌴

Did you know that Creque's Alley was named for the Main Street merchant, Henry O. Creque after he purchased the three warehouse buildings and alleyways in 1905?

His name was known throughout the islands for the hoard of treasure he reputedly found in the caves at Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands.

The name became even more familiar when the American folk band, the Mamas and the Papas recorded a hit song with the same title during the late 1960s.

Their hit song was actually spelled "Creeque's Alley with an extra "e" but it was written during their time performing at Duffy's Bar which was located in the same alley.

🎤 When the group performed the single on The Ed Sullivan Show on June. 11, 1967, it instantly became a huge hit.

It ranked at #21 on the Billboards Hot Top 100 and peaked at #5 for one week, spending 9 weeks on the top 100.

The band sold close to 40 million records worldwide and were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for their contributions to the music industry.

The alley continues to be a popular attraction for visitors as they peruse the many shops in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

An interesting plaque posted on the stone wall reads:

PIRATES TREASURE

"This passage once known as Creque's Alley has its own pirate legend.

An ancestor of its former owners discovered chests of pirate treasure in the caves of Norman Island.

It is rumored he hid a part of it within this premises until it could be converted into bank notes.

The fantasy of finding a pirates hoard and quick wealth still haunts the islands."

You can learn more about the Creque family with these links.

==> http://valeriesims.com/creque-family-stories/

==> http://valeriesims.com/creque-family-history/

For more on the Mamas and the Papas visit: http://www.creequesalley.com

Help keep the islands rich history alive!

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🌴 Front cover: a rare, vintage print of Creque's Alley

🌴 120 page, ruled-line, single pages

🌴 Black back cover with pocket inside

🌴 © VintageVirginIslands.com

Listed on Jun 21, 2021