“I never felt poor. There were always shoes to wear and food to eat — yet I knew there were things my parents did without just to make sure I was clothed and fed. “ ~ Elvis Presley ~
At milepost 260.0, we exited the Natchez Trace Parkway to go to Tupelo, Mississippi. We rode through town in search of the birthplace of Elvis. Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935, in this modest two-room house built by his father Vernon.
Also on the site is a life-size statue of Elvis at age 13.
Many travelers make a pilgrimage to Tupelo to visit the birthplace of “The King of Rock and Roll”, and this complex has evolved to include the ’39 Plymouth the family drove when they moved to Memphis, a chapel, an outhouse, and a museum. I wish I could’ve taken more time in Tupelo. I hear there is a larger-than-life size statue in the center of town which depicts a popular photo of Elvis. One hand holds a microphone and the other hand is reaching out to fans. If there is a next time, perhaps I’ll visit the hardware where Elvis bought his first guitar and Johnny’s Drive In to see the booth where Elvis liked to sit and all of the memorabilia on the walls. But this trip, we had miles to cover and people to meet!