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The two RV Gypsies
at Elvis Presley's boyhood home
in Tupelo, Mississippi
October 23, 2012
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The most significant landmark of Tupelo's modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world's most popular entertainer.

There's a bedroom and a kitchen. That's it. A swing on the front porch. There's really not much to see, and that's what makes it all the more fascinating. Vernon Presley built the house himself with $180, and lost it two years after Elvis was born for inability to pay. Like so many who lived through the depression, the Presleys had it hard.

Tupelo bought the house and land with money provided from a 1956 Tupelo concert by Elvis himself, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. As an official Mississippi landmark, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. It includes expansion of the main parking lot to accommodate RVs, a garden walkway system, new entrance signs, and expanded gift shop and beautiful landscaping.

The Chapel was built by donations from Elvis' fans and is a popular attraction in the park, plus it offers a time for meditation.

The Fountain of Life, a beautiful water feature, is a complete circle representing Elvis' life in Tupelo. It illustrates the years of Elvis' life with 13 upper water spouts representing the years that Elvis lived in Tupelo. The spouts then spill water over granite, a very hard stone symbolizing the enduring power of strong values learned during Elvis' formative years. The 29 lower spouts symbolize Elvis' life in Memphis and flow over a soft stone symbolizing the softer, better conditions of his life.

The Elvis at 13 bronze statue, which was unveiled on Elvis' 67th birthday, memorializes Elvis as a young boy wearing overalls and carrying a guitar.

In August, 2003, a story wall was unveiled offering a collection of original, unedited stories from people who knew Elvis during his Tupelo days.

The Walk of Life which surrounds the house where Elvis was born, is a scored concrete circle with dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis' life from 1935 to 1977. The 1948 block marks the year in which Elvis and his family left for Memphis.

A 1939 green Plymouth 4-door sedan, similar to the car in which Elvis and his family rode to Memphis in, is displayed on the grounds. It was the year of 1948 when the transformation of Elvis, as a young Tupelo boy began his journey as Elvis, the world's greatest entertainer. The car was purchased by the Tupelo Automobile Museum and is leased to the Park for display.

The two RV Gypsies also visited Elvis Presley Lake, Campground, and Park in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Karen Duquette at Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
Karen Duquette at Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
panorama of Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi
Elvis Presley Lake in Tupelo, Mississippi

fast forward in years Note: In 2014, the two RV Gypsies also brought Karen Duquette's sister, Ilse Blahak to Elvis Presley's boyhood home and more in Mississippi. If you go there now, there will be a link at the bottom of that page to bring you back here. Some places and most photos are quite different from these. Otherwise, continue on with the Link below.

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