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The incompetence of American Airlines kept us in Dallas overnight, so we missed out on the Marshall Space Flight Center – but since we were rafting down the Cahaba River within six hours of landing in Birmingham it’s hard to complain too much about the start of the trip.

One of the last surviving Bluesmobiles from John Belushi and Dan Akroyd's 1980 film is housed at the Hopson Plantation, outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi

One of the last surviving Bluesmobiles from John Belushi and Dan Akroyd's 1980 film is housed at the Hopson Plantation, outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi

A slight detour on the drive from Birmingham to Clarksdale took us through two of the three major Elvis-related attractions in the South: Tupelo, Elvis’s birthplace, and Graceland Too, the home of Elvis’s greatest fan and memorabilia collector, Paul McLeod.

Elvis bought his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware Co in 1945

Elvis bought his first guitar at Tupelo Hardware Co in 1945

Elvis's childhood outhouse

Elvis's childhood outhouse

Stained glass in the Tupelo chapel devoted to Elvis: the king receives his crown?

Stained glass in the Tupelo chapel devoted to Elvis: the king receives his crown?

The colonel's pew in Elvis's Tupelo chapel

The colonel's pew in Elvis's Tupelo chapel

A complete documentation of Paul’s home – if such a thing is even possible – would require so much more time and energy than we had on this trip that I didn’t even really try. But since it was Margaret’s third paid visit to the “museum,” she was awarded her lifetime membership and a chance to wear Elvis’s jacket, belt and guitar.

Paul McLeod, framed by Elvis's image and a sheet of hundreds out of the tens of thousands of Elvis-related photographs he has collected

Paul McLeod, framed by Elvis's image and a sheet of hundreds out of the tens of thousands of Elvis-related photographs he has collected

A tiny, tiny sample of Paul's record collection

A tiny, tiny sample of Paul's record collection

Paul amuses all comers

Paul amuses all comers

Margaret's Graceland Too photo opp

Margaret's Graceland Too photo opp

Margaret's Graceland Too photo opp

Margaret's Graceland Too photo opp

Written by Nick

July 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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