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Tupelo gives visitors chance to walk in Elvis' footsteps

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Statue of Elvis Presley in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi

Statue of Elvis Presley in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi.

Today, local businesses and retail stores remember Elvis' legacy and give fans a chance to walk in his footsteps.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Two locations in Tupelo are synonymous with Elvis Presley.

The first is Tupelo Hardware where the young Presley purchased his first guitar alongside his mother.

Tupelo Hardware

Tupelo Hardware in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo Date: Oct. 26, 2020.

The store draws in visitors every year from across the country and world.

“He [Presley] came into the store, and he had earned a little money right before his 11th birthday,” Wayne Dennis said. “Gladys [mother] brought him in and he wanted to buy something.”

Tupelo Hardware

Elvis Presley merchandise at Tupelo Hardware in Tupelo, Mississippi. 

Dennis has the very important role of retelling the historic moment.

“For $7.90, they changed the history of the world,” he added.

The second location is Johnnie's Drive-In where Presley would often eat lunch.

Johnnie's Drive In in Tupelo, Mississippi

Johnnie's Drive-In in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Visitors are known to wait hours to sit in the booth where Presley sat.

The Elvis Booth at Johnnie's Drive In in Tupelo, Mississippi

The Elvis Booth at Johnnie's Drive In in Tupelo, Mississippi. 

These locations draw in thousands of visitors each year, but Elvis can also be found in all forms of merchandise.

Searcy Crabtree, the owner of the boutique L.A. Green, said her store sells and ships Elvis T-shirts across the country.

Elvis Presley T-shirt at L.A. Green in Tupelo, Mississippi

Elvis Presley T-shirt at L.A. Green boutique in Tupelo, Mississippi.

So, whether you’re shopping or grabbing a bite to eat, Tupelo gives visitors the chance to walk in Elvis’ footsteps.

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