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Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Tupelo Hardware

— Elvis Presley Monument Plaques —

 
 
Tupelo Hardware - Elvis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
1. Tupelo Hardware - Elvis Marker
Inscription.  In 1946, Elvis' mother, Gladys brought him here to buy a bicycle. Once they arrived, a 22-caliber rifle caught Elvis' eye, and he asked his mother to buy it instead. She wasn't happy about purchasing a gun so they compromised on a guitar. Forest L. Bobo, a long time employee of Tupelo Hardware, sold the guitar to the young Elvis for $7.90.
 
Erected 2003 by the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1946.
 
Location. 34° 15.455′ N, 88° 42.218′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and North Front Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 West Main Street, Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Iron Furnace / Front Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sit-Ins Led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 / F.W. Woolworth (about 400 feet away); Lee County, Mississippi War Memorial
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(about 400 feet away); Tupelo Woman's Christian Temperance Union (about 500 feet away); Lee County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Tupelo Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 600 feet away); Lyric Theatre (about 600 feet away); The Lyric Theater (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
 
Regarding Tupelo Hardware. Part of the Elvis Presley Driving Tour. It was started in 2002 and is a collection of 10 sites marked with plaques that highlight different aspects of the 13 years Elvis spent in Tupelo.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Tupelo Hardware. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Tupelo Hardware Elvis Marker at left end of store. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
2. Tupelo Hardware Elvis Marker at left end of store.
Elvis at age 13 statue, same as on the plaque. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
3. Elvis at age 13 statue, same as on the plaque.
Statue located at Elvis Presley Birthplace & Park.
Tupelo Hardware - Elvis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
4. Tupelo Hardware - Elvis Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Dec. 5, 2023