In many ways, there are few icons as all-American as Elvis Presley. Then why is a small German town honouring him with some unique traffic lights in the shape of The King? It turns out the town of Friedberg in Hesse boasts some Elvis connections they take very seriously.
Earlier this week, the town unveiled three transformed traffic lights. In it, Elvis appears in swinging form on the green light and steadfast at the mike when the light is red. Understandably, the town believes it to be the world’s first Elvis traffic lights.
But why did they appear here? Super fans will know that Elvis has a connection with this area of Germany. Friedberg was home to a US barracks for more than five decades and it was Elvis’ duty station while he served in the military. While here, he also lived in nearby Bad Nauheim and both towns retain a strong connection to Presley to this day.
Both towns offer tours and hold special events on 16 August, the anniversary of his death and have a friendly rivalry as to where his ‘real’ German home is. Now Friedberg has gone one step further by installing the traffic lights themselves at Elvis Presley-Platz, which was renamed in 1998.
It may not be ahead for long, however. Bad Nauheim has long been a place of pilgrimage for Presley fans and plans are in the works for a bronze statue of Elvis Presley. In the meantime, the mayor of Friedberg hopes the traffic lights will become a tourist draw in their own right.
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