Erected 2007 by Suburban Wheels of Madison
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.
Elvis was Memorable in Fighting Scene Here (June 10, 2007)
Elvis in town in time to stop East Side fight (Wisconsin State Journal, Saturday, June 25, 1977)
Madison guard found Elvis a gentleman (Wisconsin State Journal, Tuesday, August 30, 1977)
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)