Monday, November 16, 2015

The Birthplace Of The King

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in this house - 306 Old Saltillo Road (now called 306 Elvis Presley Drive) - in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935 at 4:35 am. 
It's a small, two-room shotgun style house built by his father, Vernon, grandfather, and uncle with $180 Vernon borrowed from his employer. You can see the layout here. When Vernon could no longer make the payments on the house, they had to move.

In 1948, when Elvis was 13 years old, his family moved to Memphis. That's where he launched his music career from, in 1954.

That's also where he died in 1977, at 42 years old, pronounced dead at a local hospital after being found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of Graceland, his last and most famous home.

His birthplace home stands in its original place and the grounds surrounding it are part of The Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum and Chapel

There's a museum, the actual church he attended as a child, a bronze statue of Elvis at 13 years old, the "Walk of Life" with facts about each year he lived in Tupelo, and more.

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Belledog said...


That's a small house. 24 x 12? Pretty much the measurements of a one-car garage. Thinking on the arc of Elvis and family's lives.

JaneMaxwell said...

A set of identical twins were born in this house. Elvis’ twin , Jessie died.

The Daily Rant said...

JANE: I do remember reading about his twin when I looked up the information about the house. Pretty interesting! Thanks for the comment.