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Tupelo Mississippi - Birthplace of ELVIS! Plus ... the Natchez Trace, Southern Fried Hockey, FireAnts Indoor Football, and Van Morrison's Fine Tune.

The King
Jan. 8, 1935 - Aug. 16, 1977

Elvis.com The Official Site

Elvis Jukebox

The Tight Lies Tour plays Tupelo this week (May 13-19, 2002). Tupelo's biggest claim to fame is that it's the birthplace of THE KING!, and the Elvis Presley Festival is just around the corner (two weeks off). Tupelo is in North Central Mississippi, within the ambit of Memphis and the Delta Blues of Clarksdale. Faulkner's Oxford and Ole Miss are close by, too, and Tupelo has its own Ole Miss campus. And Tupelo is about Midway along the Natchez Trace from Nashville south. This part of the continent was formerly Chickasaw country.

CHICKASAW HERITAGE

Flag and Seal of the Chickasaw Nation, now of Ada, OK, but formerly of the Mississippi Valley

From Chickasaw Chiefs to The King

Elvis' dad built this house with his hands
and $180 worth of materials.

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival Official website

TUPELO MUSIC

VAN MORRISON

Van Morrison's song Tupelo Honey has done quite a lot to spread the name.

Lyrics: Tupelo Honey album

What IS Tupelo Honey?

UNCLE TUPELO

Uncle Tupelo, a punk country band of some reknown!

Uncle Tupelo

And ... Blue Mother Tupelo

TUPELO ATTRACTIONS

YESTERDAY'S CIVIL WAR

Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA

The Battle of Tupelo in the Civil War was an engagement of 14,000 Federal troops protecting Sherman's supply railroads in his March to Atlanta against a Rebel force of 6,000. The Federals destroyed a number of tactical assaults by the Rebels, but the weather was too hot and supplies too short for any follow-up, so the Federals went back to Tennessee. Sort of a bloody stalemate, but of course Sherman's March went on unimpeded.

TODAY'S FIREANTS FOOTBALL

Tupelo Native Dietrich Lockridge now wears the FireAnts colors!

Tupelo Fireants Football

HOCKEY

Tupelo T-Rex Hockey! -- Southern Fried Carpetbagging

Tupelo T-Rex

 

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