Getlo,Taking the advice from Lakeisha yesterday, I decided to do some research myself into the claim that there was once a plan to bulldoze Graceland and replace it with a highway.
Below is an email I just received from EPE themselves, via my inquiry to the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.
Some may think that myself, Suzan, King Creole etc are being petty when asking for proof of such outlandish claims. That is not the case. It's just that it's bloody frustrating when people post such claims without any evidence whatsoever to back it up ... and even more frustrating when people say they "read it on the internet".
So, here you go:
September 28, 2007:
I have a minor question that I hope someone from the Memphis Chamber of Commerce can clear up for me.
When Graceland was opened to the public back in 1982, several "sources" have claimed that one of the reasons for this was to save the house from being bulldozed by the city as it wanted a highway to be built on the site of Elvis? former house.
So, can you tell me: is there any truth to this? Was the idea of Graceland being bulldozed for a highway ever considered, even remotely?
And the reply:
I can assure you that at no time was there a plan to bulldoze Graceland to make room for a highway. HWY 51 already ran in front of the home at the time of Elvis? death in 1977 and continues to be a bustling thoroughfare here in Memphis, carrying thousands of cars each day.
Thanks for allowing us to clear up this misconception based on your "sources".
All my best,
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Media Relations Manager
Thank you for that Now, that's a proof