“Hair today, gone tomorrow!" - Elvis Presley, March 25, 1958, upon being asked what he thought of giving up his famous sideburns to be inducted into the U.S. Army.
On March 24, 1958, an international rock and roll star named Elvis Presley suspended his music career to serve his country in the U.S. Army. Famous for his iconic hair, Elvis made international headlines the next day when he received his first G.I. buzz cut that was dubbed, “the haircut heard ‘round the world.'” While some fans feared it might signal the end of his music career, it became one of the biggest pop culture events in history. Elvis Presley’s patriotism and exemplary attitude, in fact, made him more popular than ever.
The Chaffee Barbershop Museum not only lets the visitor 'step back in time' to that day in 1958 but also serves to honor the effect Fort Chaffee had on the state of Arkansas and the important role it played during that time and every decade following.
- Chaffee Crossing Historic District (1.0 mi.)
- Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center (1.7 mi.)
- Wells Lake Fishing (2.1 mi.)
Free parking is available at the location.