On March 19, 1957, Elvis Presley put a down payment on Graceland, a mansion on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Elvis Presley's iconic Southern mansion...
Elvis Didn’t Name His Estate Graceland The name "Graceland" will forever be associated with Elvis, but the King didn't actually name the property. The mansion was named by the family who originally owned the property, The Moores. Presley purchased Graceland from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, who named the property after her aunt, Grace Toof. The King purchased Graceland when he was only 22 years old for $102,50.
Bruce Springsteen Came For a Visit Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen was such a big fan of Elvis Presley that he hopped over the fence at Graceland one evening in 1976, hoping to meet his idol. Unfortunately for him, however, Graceland had security guards as well as large dogs. The security guards on the estate caught him and escorted him out. He wouldn’t have been able to meet Elvis anyway because the King was away at Lake Tahoe anyway at the time. Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen never got to meet his idol, who died in 1977.
It's Second Only to The White House ...in visitors that is. Graceland, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006, is the second most visited home in the United States with over 700,000 visitors a year. Only the White House has more visitors.
Tourists Can't See The Upstairs Graceland mansion encompasses 17,552 square feet and opened to the public on June 7, 1982, as a museum with a large part of it available to the public. The second floor containing the master suite has been kept off-limits to the public.The only people allowed upstairs are his former wife, Priscilla, his daughter, Lisa Marie, and the property's curator. It was in the bathroom of the second floor suite that Presley's body was found after his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
Elvis Made His Final Recordings in The Jungle Room The most captivating room in Graceland, the Jungle Room was where Elvis really let his decorative taste go wild. The kitschy den, featuring green shag carpet, plastic plants, wood paneling and tiki-inspired décor, was where the King spent much of his time. By the mid-1970s, Presley's career had stalled and his interest in recording had wavered. So RCA did what they could to entice the superstar: they turned his beloved Jungle Room into a makeshift recording studio. In the comfort of his own home, Presley recorded his final song, "She Thinks I Still Care."