It’s Throwback Thursday! On April 13, 1891, #presidentBenjamin Harrison left #Washington, D.C., on a nationwide whistle stop tour. His five-car #trainstopped in 19 states and 72 cities, travelling 9,232 miles. Harrison’s wife, Carrie, both of his adult children, his daughter-in-law, and a niece were on board, along with the postmaster general, the Secretary of Agriculture, a stenographer, and three newspaper reporters. The presidential special traveled first on a series of Norfolk Southern predecessor lines: the Richmond & Danville; the Norfolk & Western; and the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia.
Harrison’s tour was the first nationwide trip undertaken by a president. He made 140 speeches along the way, returning to Washington on May 15.
Take a look at a map of the trip (from the Norfolk Southern Archives) and a photograph of Harrison’s train arriving in Seattle (from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution). #tbt #history #potus