Jack Kennedy at Victory Square, Seattle
Jack Kennedy visits Seattle, November, 1961

 

Kennedy Arrives at Seattle's Boeing Field on November 16, 1961

Presidential party arriving at Boeing Field, Seattle

 

Seattle's Boeing Field in the late morning of November 16, 1961. It looks like a typically wet and dark wintery Seattle day. The dignitaries, the other greeters, the band, the police escorts and limousines are all waiting for the President of the United States. The Chairman of this visit? Of course, it's Jack Gordon.

 

The program for the day is full. Welcome the President around noon, motorcade up Highway 99 and into downtown Seattle with a speech by Kennedy at Victory Plaza. Following a whirlwind drive-by tour of the 1962 World's Fair site, the motorcade heads back to Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue) and the University of Washington where he gives a speech at Hec Ed pavilion. Finally back downtown to the Olympic Hotel where the President is guest of honor at a dinner honoring Washington State's Senator Warren Magnusen. Kennedy spends the night at the Olympic and hits the air the next morning for a flight to Phoenix.

 

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