European Elvis fans look to Carson Valley for help |

European Elvis fans look to Carson Valley for help

by Christy Chalmers

An Elvis Presley fan club based in Germany is hoping some longtime Carson Valley residents can help uncover part of the King’s past.

A group called ElvisTravelsUSA has been running classified ads and issuing requests for memorabilia and information on appearances Presley made between 1971 and 1976 at the former Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe Hotel, now the Horizon.

In a letter, ElvisTravelsUSA spokesman Sren Szameitat describes the group as a mix of Presley fan clubs whose members enjoy traveling to the United States. They’ve visited Memphis, Tenn., and Las Vegas, he writes, and are now considering a trip to Lake Tahoe, “seeing as there is little known about this chapter in Elvis’ career.”

That’s where Carson Valley residents can help, Szameitat says. The group wants to compile an exhibition on Lake Tahoe’s south shore, both to promote the area’s tourist attractions and to document Presley’s presence.

Szameitat is hoping to find former Sahara employees who might have pictures, memorabilia or information to share concerning Presley.

Liz Dorrell, an administrative assistant at the Horizon, said she wasn’t aware of the group’s quest, although the hotel’s Elvis Suite remains popular among honeymooners. The suite contains a pool table, weightlifting equipment and other items Presley kept at the property when he was performing, she said.

Anyone who wants to make a contribution can write to Szameitat at Carsten-Reimers-Ring 82a, 22175 Hamburg, Germany or fax +49 40 640 69 83.