Fort Chaffee in Barling, Arkansas
in this March 1958 file photo.
The Chaffee Barbershop Museum in Fort Smith is observing Elvis week with free daily tours through August 16th. Presley was inducted into the Army on March 24, 1958, which was labeled by many of his fans as “Black Monday.” The most dramatic event, was the shearing of Presley’s famous locks. That historic event took place in Building 803, which was converted into a museum last September. The museum contains barbershop furnishings re-created to the way Presley saw it when he was there 51 years ago. The museum also contains photographs and footage of a TV interview Presley gave while at the base.
Also at the museum are exhibits chronicling the entire history of Fort Chaffee and its role through five wars and multiple crises. Elvis Presley died on Aug.16, 1977. Elvis Week takes place annually in Memphis, where Elvis lived. When it isn’t Elvis Week, the museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.