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

The Outhouse

 
 
The Outhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
1. The Outhouse Marker
Inscription. This is a replica of an outhouse that was typical in a poor, Southern neighborhood. Oftentimes, a single privy was shared by several residents. The original outhouse located behind the row of rental houses along Saltillo Road was also shared by members of the Assembly of God Church.

Outhouses were located away from the house or building that it served for sanitary reasons. The simple structure was referred to as a "one or two holer" for obvious reasons. Ventilation was provided by a cut-out in the door or the side walls in the shape of a half moon, circle, or another simple shape. In the winter it was bone-chilling cold. In warm months, it was often the home of uninvited guests such as wasps and spiders.

Guy Harris, who grew up on this street along with Elvis Presley, remembers outhouses from his childhood. "We used a Sears Catalog for toilet paper, there was no such thing as Charmin," said Harris."You might even find a few corn cobs in there, too. That's all anybody knew."
 
Location. 34° 15.558′ N, 88° 40.787′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Elvis Presley Drive and Reese Street. Touch for map. Located at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Park. Marker is
Replica Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
2. Replica Outhouse
at or near this postal address: 306 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elvis Presley's Childhood Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Elvis Presley and the Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); Elvis Country (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Elvis Presley (within shouting distance of this marker); Native American Site (approx. mile away); Town Creek Tupelo Encampment / Camp Life in Tupelo (approx. mile away); The Tupelo Swamp / Plank Road (approx. one mile away); Shake Rag (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
 
Categories. 20th Century
 
Elvis Presley birthplace - two-room shotgun house, near marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 7, 2017
3. Elvis Presley birthplace - two-room shotgun house, near marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 150 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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