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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Elvis's Birthplace - Tupelo Mississippi

Elvis's Birthplace - Shotgun House

I am always intrigued by Shotgun Houses. They supposedly originated in West Africa and came to America via Haiti. The style was brought to New Orleans by Creole slaves and immigrants. Simply - a shotgun house is a long narrow house sitting perpendicular to the street. The front door and back door were lined up so that if you fired a shotgun in the front door it could go out the back door without touching anything. They usually had rooms lined up - living room - bedroom - bathroom - kitchen. This particular one is built on concrete posts because it was cheaper to it that way than to pour a full foundation. 

The above house is the home in Tupelo Mississippi where Elvis was born. He spend the first 13 years of his life there before moving to Memphis. 

Sometimes  two homes are constructed under one roof and it is called it a double barrel shotgun house. 

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