Circle G Ranch tour touts a pasture fit for a King

HORN LAKE — There’s no Jungle Room.

No classic car collection.

No lighted headstone that’ll draw fans from around the world.

But Rodger Motz believes his new online virtual tour of the Circle G Ranch will be popular with Elvis fans just the same, and might persuade someone to write a big check.

Motz, a real estate agent for Prudential Collins-Maury Inc., is listing the ranch that belonged to Elvis from 1966-71 for a whopping $6.5 million.

The scenes of pasture that dominate his virtual tour don’t seem to support that kind of price.

But remember, it once belonged to Elvis.

“I think a lot of people will be fascinated by this tour for that very reason — because it belonged to Elvis,” Motz said. “I’ve already had calls about the ranch from around the world, and I expect a lot of people to look at the tour out of pure curiosity. That’s fine. The more eyes we can draw to the ranch, the better.”

The 155-acre property at the corner of Goodman Road and Mississippi Highway 301 in Horn Lake was actually the honeymoon spot for Elvis and Priscilla in 1967. The couple’s only child, Lisa Marie, was born nine months to the day after their May wedding in Las Vegas — so simple math suggests she could have been conceived at the Circle G.

No matter what happened there, the ranch has always been a source of curiosity for Elvis fans from around the world.

“Every year during Elvis week, you see people parking along the side of the road out there just to take a few pictures,” said DeSoto County Planning Director Anita Rainey. “It’s always amazing to see them staring out into an open pasture.”

That’s pretty much what it is, as the tour will reveal.

The tour begins with a distant view of the ranch’s small lake and the rugged old white cross that now sports flaking white paint. Then pasture, pasture and more pasture.

Viewers also get a wider look at the lake and glimpses at several pink structures of varying sizes.

But that’s about it.

A King’s palace it isn’t.

Motz believes the virtual tour serves its purpose.

“It’s just a quick way to give people a look at what’s inside,” Motz said. “And like I said, it’s going to draw a lot of attention because it belonged to Elvis.”

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