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Elvis Presley Comes to Valley River Inn November 25 & 27, 1976

It still shocks us that just three years after opening the icon that rocked the nation stayed here at Valley River Inn. Elvis was known to be quirky and an odd thinker and his time here with us made us have to agree. Here we share a few storied from when he stayed with us.

Register Guard  (Fred Crafts – 11/26/76)   "....  Yet Presley remains an enigma creating a reputation as a mystery man much like the late Howard Hughes.  He slipped into Eugene from Reno, Nev, on his private Convair 880 jetliner at about 1 a.m. Thursday was whisked in a rented limousine to his top floor quarters at the Valley River Inn and went to bed soon afterwards.  Thanksgiving Day, his aides say, was spent resting, talking with people in the 80-member touring company and watching football on television.  While others were dining on turkey and pumpkin pie, Presley was downing a hamburger with mashed potatoes and gravy.  Security around him is so tight that a bellboy delivered the meal in one room only to have a bodyguard carry the food to a secret room where Presley was staying.  Presley’s arrival for the concert was also a cloak and dagger act that saw him spirited to and from the concert scene in a limousine full of bodyguards.

Elvis – Chicken Noodle Soup (I’m a Campbell Kid) - Elvis called down late night and asked for a bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle soup.  Was specific about it being Campbell’s and that no other brand would do.  A bellman was sent to the market to get a can of soup; it was prepared and served to Elvis.  A short while later he called again, asked for another bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and the bellman went back to the market to get another can.  He was lucky the market was still open that late at night. (Chris Worrell).  Elvis would exit through the kitchen (Chef Michael)

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