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Brian Quinn
04-29-2010, 01:10 PM
Elvis Birthplace plans grow as state bond money is secured
by Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal .

An official with the Elvis Birthplace and Museum expects little trouble in coming up with a 20 percent local match to garner $2.8 million from the state to enhance the Tupelo tourist destination.

"We don't see a problem raising our share," said Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation Executive Director thingy Guyton.

The funds to improve the Tupelo birthplace of the King of Rock 'n' Roll is part of a $400 million bond package signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Many Tupelo businesses, said Guyton, would probably see the local matching funds as an opportunity to make improvements that would attract more visitors to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and longer stays.

That will help those businesses and all of the local economy, agreed Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed Jr.

The first-term mayor said he supports the idea of making the birthplace a destination that would entice tourists to stay overnight instead of half a day, as many do now when they visit Tupelo as a side trip to Graceland in Memphis.

The bond package includes funds primarily for repair and renovations at the eight public universities, 15 community colleges, other state-owned buildings and for other tourism-related sites.

More than $150 million of the package is for loan programs, such as infrastructure repairs to local governments, or have provisions that prevent the state from issuing the bonds and incurring debt unless conditions are met, such as matching funds being provided.

The bond package, along with another $300 million transportation bill signed earlier this year by Barbour, combine to make one of the largest bond packages passed by the Legislature in recent years.

Two reasons existed for the size of the package - the repair and renovation needs that have been neglected in recent years and the record-low interest rates to repay the bonds.

Some of the construction called for in the bonds, legislative leaders said, could create jobs and help boost the still struggling Mississippi economy.

Guyton said the next step will be to hire an architect to put together the plans for the birthplace.

"We can't do that until the bonds are sold. We don't know when that will be," he said.

The bonds most likely will be sold this year, but an exact date is not known.

The primary planned improvements would be a theater connected to the museum and gift shop and a Elvis Childhood trail leading to an amphitheater.

The theater would include a state-of-the-art sound system and screen for various programs. For instance, Elvis Presley movies could be played on the large screen as could interviews of people who grew up with him.

Plus, the theater would be available for other events, such as wedding receptions.

But the plan would call for programs ongoing and scheduled 18 months in advance for the many foreign Elvis fans who schedule their travel early.

"We would do anything and everything we can think of to extend the stay in Tupelo," Henry Dodge, chair of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, said in an earlier interview when he visited the Legislature to advocate for the project.

While the project had wide support among Northeast Mississippi legislators, Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who began working on the project in the 2009 session, played a key role in its passage.

"This is already a top tourism attraction, and we are going to make it better," Holland said.

Brian (y)

Enikő Lugosi
04-29-2010, 01:30 PM
I don't know why tourists visit this crappy shack because this is not the one where Elvis was born.
The original shack was destroyed about 50 years ago.

john carpenter
04-29-2010, 05:06 PM
I don't know why tourists visit this crappy shack because this is not the one where Elvis was born.
The original shack was destroyed about 50 years ago.

I don't know where you heard that? It is the original birthplace & Shack where Elvis was born:mad:

LuckyJackson
04-29-2010, 09:33 PM
It is as original as it can be - after all, it has needed alot of repair over the years

girl-do
04-29-2010, 09:56 PM
it was a really old house and i think when they donīt had repairs on it, someday it has broke into it.

KPM
04-29-2010, 10:06 PM
If its good for the memory of Elvis-I'm all for it.
His house was a shotgun shack and it has been prettied up compared to the way is was when his Dad built it and it has had some major repairs (like any house built in the
1930s how could it not have) its a stark contrast to Graceland.

Diane
04-29-2010, 10:22 PM
I'd be quite happy to see this little house whether it's been prettied up or not...it's where Elvis was born.

Diane

Enikő Lugosi
04-29-2010, 10:27 PM
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52592&start=0

This house is a replica. The original doesn't exist anymore.

KPM
04-29-2010, 11:30 PM
http://www.elvis-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52592&start=0

This house is a replica. The original doesn't exist anymore.
This is from the site you posted when someone asked was it the original house-it is not an easy answer not as cut and dry as you assert:
Easy question I know. I'm reading 'Elvis and Gladys', and the author has me a little confused. Is that in fact the original house where Elvis was born?


Officially, it is, yes.

When all the empty [& identical] surrounding houses were finally destroyed, the demolition crew was instructed to preserve 'the one Elvis lived in'.

It wasn't well-known or easily identifiable then, & with no neighbours around to check with [or to check on them] what's the betting they just 'saved' the best-preserved & most presentable one there ?

Who would know ?

One thing is certain; it's not currently situated on the site where it was when the Presley family lived in it....................

So there is a chance it is the original home and not a certainty that it is not.
I have also seen on another site the "local folklore says the house is in question....." Local Folklore???? thats hardly conclusive.
Elvis did visit Tupelo many times in the 60s and I believe into the 70s-so no matter if it is his original home-the one they have said is his for years he visited and set foot in.

Diane
05-02-2010, 04:52 PM
Well I'm easy to please and don't need absolutes so I would be happy to just set foot in Tupelo and be able to walk around neighbourhoods that Elvis used to walk in. Same goes for Memphis.

Diane

Jungleroom76
05-02-2010, 06:14 PM
This is from the site you posted when someone asked was it the original house-it is not an easy answer not as cut and dry as you assert:
Easy question I know. I'm reading 'Elvis and Gladys', and the author has me a little confused. Is that in fact the original house where Elvis was born?


Officially, it is, yes.

When all the empty [& identical] surrounding houses were finally destroyed, the demolition crew was instructed to preserve 'the one Elvis lived in'.

It wasn't well-known or easily identifiable then, & with no neighbours around to check with [or to check on them] what's the betting they just 'saved' the best-preserved & most presentable one there ?

Who would know ?

One thing is certain; it's not currently situated on the site where it was when the Presley family lived in it....................

So there is a chance it is the original home and not a certainty that it is not.
I have also seen on another site the "local folklore says the house is in question....." Local Folklore???? thats hardly conclusive.
Elvis did visit Tupelo many times in the 60s and I believe into the 70s-so no matter if it is his original home-the one they have said is his for years he visited and set foot in.

Interesting information Ken!!! (y)

Although I would like to think it's the actual house that Elvis was born and grew up in, even if it isn't, it certainly does provide a fascinating look into Elvis' early life and provides a stark contrast from his humble beginning to his superstardom! :hmm:

TCB!
Mike

vivaelvis
05-02-2010, 07:46 PM
I know some peopel who live in Tupelo and they say the shotgun house that sits on the property is NOT the one that Elvis was born in. It apparently was destroyed during a tornado in the 40's or 50's and rebuilt AFTER Elvis became popular, later opened as a museum after his passing and passed over as the original house. Some who knew Elvis personally knew this but kept quiet because it was a tourist attraction that brought money into the community. Otherwise nobody would go if they knew the truth.

KPM
05-02-2010, 10:24 PM
The only big tornado outbreak I recall about Tupelo was in April of 1936 and it did not destroy Elvis's home. I have heard this rumor and I recall trying to track down some official record of another major tornado that destroyed property and do not recall finding any. Its always funny to me that someone who knew Elvis says its not his home-yet they are never named or do not want their name known?
Heres a timeline for Mississippi and the Tupelo 1936 tornado is mentioned as is other disasters and history but nothing in the 40s or 50s about a Tupelo tornado.
http://timelines.ws/states/MISSISSIPPI.HTML