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Elvis’s St. Patty’s Day Purchase

  I don't know how Elvis Presley felt about St. Patrick's Day, but he spent one particular St. Patty's Day purchasing what would eventually become one of the most-visited places in the world.    March 17, 1957, was the day the King bought the Graceland Mansion.  It was named after Grace Toof, the daughter of the mansion's builder.    The original structure had been a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church.  When Elvis bought the residence from Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500, it was on 13.8 acres, and boasted 23 rooms and 10,000 square feet.  Several weeks before he moved in, however, the mansion was expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space.    I often wonder if Elvis knew then how popular Graceland would become as a tourist attraction, or how wealthy his estate would be as a result, even well after his death.  I would tend to doubt it.    Enjoy the music! 

03/17/2009 2:38PM
Elvis’s St. Patty’s Day Purchase
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