Elvis driving old Route 66 in Arizona February 27, 2014Posted by Ron Warnick in Attractions, History, Music, People, Road trips.
Tags: Chief Yellowhorse Trading Post, Elvis Presley, Heartland of America Heritage Museum, Meteor Crater, Porter House Diner, Trade Winds Motel
You’ll also see glimpses the American Indian souvenir shops — including Chief Yellowhorse‘s — at the New Mexico-Arizona state line, and Presley goofing around with his pals during a roadside smoking break.
Apparently this is the source of the footage.
Presley made regular road trips in that area during the 1960s, either to shoot movies in California or play gigs in Las Vegas. He’d hook up with Route 66 in Oklahoma City after leaving from Memphis.
Presley stayed at the Trade Winds Motel in Clinton, Okla., at least four times, and it still has his favorite Room 215, known as the Elvis Room.
Presley also ate at the Porter House Diner in Weatherford, Okla., and signed the guest book there. The long-closed diner — with its guestbook — now resides at the Heartland of America Heritage Museum in Weatherford.
(A modern-day view of Meteor Crater by Julius Whittington via Flickr)