Elvis Presley Fight Scene

© Photographed April 11, 2014
Erected 2007 by Suburban Wheels of Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 7.009′ N, 89° 19.513′ W

Elvis Presley Fight Scene
On this site, the corner of Hwy 51 and East Washington Avenue around 1 am, on June 24th, 1977, Elvis Presley was riding in the 2nd of two limousines which had stopped for a red light. He was coming from a concert in Des Moines and had just arrived in Madison. Elvis noticed a young teen on the ground being beaten by two other youths here at the former Skyland Service Station. Elvis jumped out of his limo and moved quickly to the fight scene. They admitted later that they knew it was the legendary Elvis Presley who was standing in front of them in his classic karate stance saying "I'll take you on". After a few classic karate moves by Elvis, the youths recognized him, stood and shook hands, and promised to stop fighting. Elvis asked "Is everything settled now"? Elvis was on his way to the Sheraton and his last Madison appearance. He died 52 days later, on August 16th, 1977.
The marker is located alongside a car lot of Schoepp Motors on westbound U.S. 151 / East Washington Avenue on the northwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 151 / East Washington Avenue and U.S. 51 / North Stroughton Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

NOTE: This is a very busy intersection! There is easy access to the marker and plenty of parking at a vacant building to the left of the marker.

Elvis was Memorable in Fighting Scene Here (June 10, 2007)

Elvis breaks up fight in Madison (12 WISN news story) (on YouTube)

See also, Elvis Favorite Ride Zippin Pippin, a related marker in Green Bay (Brown County)

The very small marker is visible in the center of the photo,
in front of the trucks.

Super easy to miss this marker, visible to the left, next to the shrub.

The marker is on the property of Schoepp Motors in Madison, Wisconsin.


Unknown said...

well........his nickname was "Crazy" :)

Wisconsin Historical Markers said...

Well, one of his nicknames was "Crazy" -- apparently, he had quite a list of nicknames: https://theelvispresleyexpert.wordpress.com/tag/elvis-nicknames/

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