I am a big train buff and also collect Elvis Presley memorabilia. I own a Telegram from 1956 that Elvis sent to his manager. From what ive read, Elvis took a train from Memphis to Las Vegas at this time. The person I bought the telegram from told me he thinks Elvis sent the telegram from Las Vegas and that the Green River Wyoming notation is just routing used by Western Union. However, I found a train timetable from 1956 for UP Challenger train from Chicago to LA that shows a stop in Green River from 315 PM to 325 PM. I theorize that it makes more sense that Elvis sent the telegram during such a stop over in Green River. The stamp on the telegram says 430 PM--maybe Elvis' train was an hour late or the telegram was telegraphed a few minutes after he was at the Western Union office. My question to old time train buffs here is--is my thinking correct? If one were to go from Memphis to Las Vegas by train in 1956, is the routing Memphis to Chicago then Chicago to LV via the Challenger the most plausable route? Im just trying to nail down whether Elvis did in fact send the telegram in Green River as opposed to the person telling me Elvis sent it from Vegas and the telegram was just routed through Green River. Any info/help from anyone would be appreciated. Thanks!
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