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Graceland

Graceland is the former residence of Elvis Presley and is where he is buried, after being moved from Forest Hill Cemetery at 1661 Elvis Presley Blvd due to an unsuccessful break-in by graverobbers.

It is a large white-columned mansion located on 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee about nine miles away from downtown Memphis and less than four miles north of the Mississippi border. The mansion (the name of which was given to it by a prior owner who named it for his daughter), Presley's home for much of his life, is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Elvis Presley estate earns over $40 million and draws over 600,000 tourists yearly, second only to the White House in number of tourists visiting a private residence, and a record for a deceased entertainer. Tourists are invited to see much of the house and the meditation garden where the family[1] is buried, but the upstairs is reserved for Presley's family.

In 1957, when Elvis was only 22 years old but perhaps the most successful rock star in the world, he purchased the 500-acre farm known as Graceland, which was more rural then at its location south of central Memphis and a few miles north of the border of the State of Mississippi. Elvis also died there in 1977. In 2023 Graceland is part of a 14-acre plot of land, and is the second-most visited residence after the White House.

After Presley died, his father Vernon was responsible for the house. When he died in 1979, Presley's ex-wife Priscilla took over. A CEO, Jack Soden, was responsible for making Graceland a moneymaker, since Priscilla could not afford the upkeep of the house, which was over $500,000 a year.

The Jungle Room in Graceland is where Presley did many of his later recordings, in the 1970s.

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  1. In addition to Elvis, his parents and paternal grandmother are buried at Graceland, while a memorial stone honors Elvis' stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon.