Chaffee Crossing, Arkansas: Elvis Haircut Historic Site

The Chaffee Barbershop Museum enshrines the spot where Elvis got his first Army buzz cut on March 25, 1958.

Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum

Address:
7313 Terry St., Chaffee Crossing, AR
Directions:
At the Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum, Building 803. Take I-540 exit 8 or 8B. Drive southeast on Hwy 22/Rogers Ave. for about four miles, through Barling. At the stoplight turn right onto Frontier Rd. Make first left onto Taylor Ave., then make first right onto Terry St. You'll pass a little Fort church on the left; the museum is the third building past it, also on the left.
Hours:
M-Sa 9-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
479-434-6774
Admission:
Free, donations appreciated.
RA Rates:
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Chaffee Crossing, Arkansas - Elvis Haircut Site To Be Preserved
Elvis Haircut Historic Site: The reception center at Arkansas's now-closed Fort Chaffee was the site where Elvis Presley had his hair cut when he joined the Army in March 1958. [04/28/2008] Complete Story...

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Elvis gets a haircut.

Elvis Haircut Historic Site

The docent at the Elvis Haircut Historic Site was very informative. Lots of pictures displayed and reading, if time permits. The barber shop is pretty much the same as in 1958, but we were told the barber chairs are all donated -- and there is an assortment of them. Highly recommend this stop on RA.

[Rose Howe, 11/13/2019]

Elvis cardboard cutout observes Army barbershop visitors.

Elvis Haircut Historic Site

The Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum is a fun place to see where Elvis history happened.

[Elvis Fan, 09/08/2019]

Elvis Haircut Historic Site.

Elvis Haircut Historic Site

The 50th anniversary Elvis Presley's historic Army-induction haircut emboldened local historians to have the land surrounding the building rezoned from industrial to commercial, thereby sparing it from certain destruction. Ten years later, after the original barber chair and clippers had been located (they'd been saved by the widow of Elvis's barber), the Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum has established itself as a bucket-list pilgrimage site for all fans of The King, even though any chance of finding a stray Presley clipping has long passed. [RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 03/25/2018]

Fort Chaffee barber shop and Elvis.

Elvis Haircut Historic Site

On March 25 the Fort Chaffee Barbershop Museum celebrated the 53rd anniversary of its most famous moment: when Elvis Presley joined the Army and had his head shaved. Jimmy Don Peterson, son of the barber who cut Presley's hair, gave free G.I. buzz cuts to visitors, and the museum unveiled a letter sent by three teenaged girls to President Eisenhower, declaring that they would die if the Army cut off Elvis's sideburns (it did anyway). "G.I. Haircut Day" attracted a crowd of several hundred people. The first hundred to arrive received a photo of Elvis getting his haircut.

[RoadsideAmerica.com team, 03/30/2011]

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