Tupelo MS

I was lying in bed listening to the radio, crying my heart out. It was 1958 (I was in 5th grade) and Elvis was being inducted into the Army. Though not an over-the-top fan, I’ve always like Elvis with his rich sultry voice and innovative style, and that southern charm that flowed so freely every time he opened his mouth.

Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace goes right by Tupelo MS where Elvis spent the first 13 years of his life. His family moved to Memphis in 1948, destitute and nowhere to go but up. Eight years later, Heartbreak Hotel hit No. 1 on all three charts – Country, Pop, and Rhythm and Blues. Elvis had arrived!

Becoming Elvis
Becoming Elvis: 10-year old Elvis becomes the King of Rock and Roll
Vernon Presley borrowed $180 to build this two-room house where Elvis was born. Several years later, they had to move because they couldn’t make the payments.

Elvis was nominated for 14 Grammys, but it was his gospel roots that took him to the winner’s circle three times – two for Amazing Grace (studio and live versions) and He Touched Me.

Assembly of God
This is the church Elvis attended, and where his singing career began.

Birthday gift

Elvis had 40 hits in the 10 ten list. This one’s for you, Russ.

Jackson MS

The Natchez Trace is 444 meandering miles between Natchez and Nashville. Our first stop along this bucolic byway is Jackson MS to see the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum that opened in December 2017. The stories are shocking, even though I’ve heard them before. As the New York Times reported, the museum “refuses to sugarcoat history.” We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.

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This soaring light sculpture fills the central gallery. Give yourselves a treat and listen to Odetta sing “This Little Light of Mine.”

The movement today for freedom cannot be pushed back anymore than a tidal wave can be pushed back by hand. That which seeks to destroy the freedom of man seeks to destroy the soul of man.”  – Medgar Evers, May 31, 1959






Natchez MS

Our first trip to Natchez was in 2015 on our Great River Road trip.  Perched on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi, it holds its small town southern roots close by being locked up tight on a Sunday afternoon. Natchez.jpg

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The Bluffs Trail offers great views of the Mighty Mississippi
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Ceremonial mounds dating back to 1000 AD are prevalent in western Mississippi.. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians has three mounds that were built around 1350 AD and were occupied until 1730 when the French attacked the village.
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The riverwalk by our campground
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We can see the bridge to Natchez from our campsite.