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Elvis's Birthplace

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Elvis’s Birthplace, Tupelo, MS

More revealing than where Elvis wound up—garish Graceland—is where he came from.  The two-room shotgun-style house in which the King was born in 1935 was built by his father on a borrowed $180 budget, and lost two years later for nonpayment of the loan.  The house, plain as it is, has been spruced up since Baby Elvis’s day; the flowered wallpaper now on the bedroom wall, for instance, was probably just newspaper when the Presleys lived there.

Birthday Party: If you visit on January 8, Elvis’s birthday, you might get a piece of cake. —Karrie Jacobs

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