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DAY 91: TUPELO, MS TO KNOXVILLE, TN

We began day ninety in the hometown of Elvis Presley, dubbed the King of Rock and Roll. Here we saw his childhood home in Tupelo, MS the property was converted into a museum, a chapel, and the Assembly of God Church building where the Presley family worshipped. Next to the home stood a statue of Elvis at just thirteen years old, and even then he had a guitar in his hands. We then made our way through to Alabama where the welcome sign displayed the famous line “Sweet Home Alabama” which was popularized by the song Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd. We then stopped by a cool mint green building with pink benches placed outside for customers to lounge on in near Hamilton, AL. In Decatur, AL we saw the Princess Theater, originally built in 1887 as a livery stable. In 1919, the building was transformed into a silent film and vaudeville playhouse. The facade of the building still maintained it’s neon display and looked great next to the ID.4. There was also a colorful horse mural also used by Morgan County for tourist destinations on their mobile app. Surprisingly we saw a towering rocket on display near Huntsville, AL. The Saturn 1B rocket has been on display here since 1979. The Alabama rocket is one of three rockets in the Saturn family and has found its resting place here in Alabama, which played a major role in the development of these rockets. On day ninety one, we made our way to Tennessee. Our next stop would take us through downtown Nashville, the capital of Tennessee. On display was a statue of a settler and a Native American near Fort Nashboro, a 1780 log-cabin outpost, and the foundation of Nashville, built by pioneers led by James Robertson. A city known for legendary country music venues, popular country music stars and cowboy get-ups we got to experience it all on the bustling street of Broadway. A woman was also selling hemp products in her bicycle, which was a colorful yellow and also had a container made of wood. Next to our last stop for the day we saw two large flags displayed near the car lots in north Nashville. The day then concluded in Knoxville, TN.

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