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About TupeloThe area around Tupelo was once the homeland of the Chickasaw Indians. Hernando de Soto and company made camp with the tribe in 1540 but were driven out after a few months. During the 1736 Battle of Ackia the French Army tried to rout the Chickasaw but was forced instead to retreat, thus crippling French efforts to dominate the region. More than a century later blood was again shed during a fierce and strategic Civil War battle.

The city was established as a railroad town and named for the tupelo gum trees early settlers used as timber to construct houses. Celebrated native son Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935. The Natchez Trace Parkway passes through the city on its way to Nashville.

Visitor Centers Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau 399 E. Main St. Tupelo, MS 38802. Phone:(662)841-6521 or (800)533-0611

Self-guiding ToursThe Elvis Presley Driving Tour includes local sites that figured prominently in the entertainer's early years, including the hardware store where he bought his first guitar and a drive-in restaurant the young Presley frequented with friends. Maps and brochures are available from the visitors bureau.

ShoppingThe Mall at Barnes Crossing, US 78 and US 45, has Belk, JCPenney and nearly 100 specialty stores.

Things to Do Elvis Presley Birthplace

Oren Dunn City Museum

Tupelo Automobile Museum

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo

Tupelo National Battlefield

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Tupelo, MS

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3158 N Gloster St. Tupelo, MS 38804

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1116 Carter Cove. Tupelo, MS 38804

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