ELVIS' TUPELO DRIVING TOUR
If you have a king-size appreciation for the King of Rock 'N' Roll, then hop in your car and visit all the places Elvis frequented in his youth in #MyTupelo.
Previous Site of Assembly of God Church I 102 Adams Street It was in the Assembly of God Church that Elvis first became enthralled with music, especially the music of gospel quartets.
Mud Creek Swimming Hole I 90 North Veterans Boulevard Elvis and his friends would sneak to Mud Creek to swim so their mothers would not know they were swimming unsupervised.
Johnnie's Drive-In I 908 East Main Street Known for their dough burger, Elvis actually preferred a cheeseburger and an RC Cola. You can even enjoy your lunch in the Elvis booth ... it's the one marked with the plaque.
Lawhon Elementary School I 140 Lake Street Elvis attended school at Lawhon, and some of his first performances were for his classmates.
Tupelo Visitors Center (Previous Site of Shake Reg) I 399 East Main Street Elvis was influenced by the rhythm and blues and gospel music he heard on the Hill and in the Shake Rag district, historically African-American communities in #MyTupelo.
Elvis' Homecoming Statue I 71 Troy Street This larger than life statue of Elvis is based on a famous photo called "the Hands" by Roger Marshutz that was taken of Elvis reaching into the crowd during the 1956 Homecoming Concert at the Tupelo Fairgrounds.
Fairpark (Previous Site of Tupelo Fairgrounds) I 71 Troy Street Elvis returned to this site in September of 1956 on the verge of super stardom to perform a concert at the fair.
Tupelo Hardware Company I 114 Main Street Gladys bought Elvis his first guitar here in 1945. Still a functioning Hardware store, go stand in the spot where Elvis stood and hear the story that changed music history. You can't miss it ... "x" marks the spot.
Lyric Theatre I 201 North Broadway This historic theater in downtown Tupelo is where Elvis would go to watch Westerns. Legend has it he also stole his first kiss here in the balcony.
Lee County Courthouse I 201 West Jefferson Street This location served as the site of the WELO radio show where Elvis was allowed to sing on the radio by his friend's brother Mississippi Slim.
Lee County Library | 219 North Madison Street Elvis received his first library card from the Lee County Library, which might have spawned his live of reading comic books and dreaming of becoming the hero in the stories.
Milam Junior High | 720 West Jefferson Street Elvis attended school at Milam when his parents decided to move to Memphis. He gave a farewell performance singing Ole Shep for his classmates.
Previous site of Mayhorn's Grocery | North Green Street Located on the "Hill" on Green Street, the grocery was often the center of socializing which included picking and singing on the front porch. Elvis was often present for these gatherings and influenced by the style of musicians found here.
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum | 306 Elvis Presley Drive The house, built by Elvis' father with $180, draws visitors each year from across the world and is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. The home is a Mississippi landmark and the centerpiece of the park, which includes many exhibits and Elvis' childhood church.