MEMPHIS, TN Wednesday Mar.29.2006 / -- Elvis Presley's contributions to the music world, pop culture and the heritage of the United States were further solidified this week, as Graceland became a National Historic Landmark.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton joined Priscilla Presley to announce the designation of Graceland, home of the king of rock 'n' roll Elvis Presley, as a National Historic Landmark in a ceremony held at Graceland on March 27th.

"In recognition of Elvis Presley's achievements and contributions to American culture and musical history, today we designate his home Graceland as a National Historic Landmark," Norton said. "This is our nation's highest recognition for historic properties."

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland is one of the five most visited home museums in America, with over half a million visitors every year. Elvis' former home is also the most recognizable residence in the nation after The White House.

Elvis purchased the estate in 1957 for $103,000.

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