Where Elvis Presley Is Actually Buried

Elvis Presley is one of the few celebrities to have ever lived who was effectively two people during their career. Early Elvis was the hip-shaking, indescribably handsome boy from Tupelo, Mississippi who blended Black and white music and, in the process, raised the blood pressure of distraught parents across the country. Then he was drafted into the Army, according to Britannica, and returned to make a series of movies best described as "mediocre." In his later years, drug use and a generally unhealthy lifestyle began to take their toll. By the end, he was a caricature of himself. Indeed, when the U.S. Post Office honored him with his own set of stamps, there was serious discussion as to whether the agency should honor Young Elvis or Old Elvis, as The Baltimore Sun notes.

Much like the two Elvises of popular culture, the King of Rock also had two graves, at least for a time. These days, however, he's down to one; meanwhile, a rumor persists that it wasn't him who was buried in the grave but a dummy — and that the real Elvis is alive and well.

Elvis is buried at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

For the remainder of this article, it will be assumed that Elvis Presley really did die from heart complications in 1977 (per Britannica) and we will ignore the conspiracy theory that claims he is still alive (or at the very least, that he lived well past 1977).

As Time reports, Elvis was initially buried (or more accurately, entombed) alongside his mother, Gladys, in a mausoleum at a Memphis cemetery. Unfortunately, that didn't "take," as the site became a tourist attraction for all the wrong reasons, and soon enough, sightseers and souvenir collectors were destroying the place. The remains of mother and son were then moved to a more secure final resting place — specifically, the grounds of Graceland, Elvis' beloved Memphis home. There, the thousands of tourists who stop by per year can pay their respects to the King while under the watchful eye of security guards. According to the attraction's website, about half a million people per year visit Graceland.