He’s known as “The King” and left behind a legendary musical career that didn’t die when he did. But ultimate Elvis Presley fans are still honoring the iconic entertainer with shrines all across the world. These are the ones that are sure to impress in the U.S.
Its origins are not completely known, but the Elvis Presley Shrine is said to be the first shrine ever erected on Aspen Mountain, installed sometime in the 1970s. The shrine includes memorabilia such as a photo of Elvis and President Richard Nixon that was taken in the Oval Office in 1970, a green and white street sign that reads “Elvis Presley Blvd,” and a sign that says “No parking any time, except Elvis fans.” Every year on January 8, fans come to the shrine to commemorate Elvis’s birth. The shrine is listed on an official trail map and is located just over the ridge of Bell Mountain, among the trees.
Shirley Trang is the general manager of Hi-Line community radio and an Elvis fanatic. At the KLTZ office where she works, an Elvis shrine can be found on a lighted series of shelves. A larger collection takes up the entire office. Among the items on display are an Elvis clock, stamps, and Elvis light switch covers. Monogrammed towels with Elvis’s name hang in the bathroom, and leaves that Shirley pocketed from the grounds at Graceland are part of the display. Most of the items in the shrine were gifts that came from friends, strangers and KLTZ’s office manager, Annette “Hootch” Vegge. Shirley offers a special treat for visitors on their birthday; their food is served on the Elvis plates. The Elvis shrine at the KLTZ office has earned the station the title of the “Home of the Elvis Shrine”.