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President McKinley's 1901 visit

President McKinley’s 1901 visit

May 9, 1901: A horse-drawn carriage carrying President William McKinley turns north on Broadway at 6th Street during the La Fiesta de Las Flores parade in downtown Los Angeles.

President McKinley, after his second inauguration on March 4, 1901, went on a six-week tour of the United States. Traveling by train, McKinley arrived in Los Angeles on May 8. On May 10, McKinley’s train headed north with stops in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

This three-photo panorama was published in the Aug. 31, 1941, Los Angeles Times. It has been added to the photo gallery: The president’s in town.

Another version of this panorama – the center section – is online at the University of Southern California Digital Collection:

La Fiesta Parade between Broadway and Sixth Street showing President McKinley, Los Angeles, ca.1901

The Los Angeles Times published many photos of the La Fiesta de Las Flores parade – also called “The Floral Pageant” – in the May 10, 1901, edition, but the images are no longer in the archives.

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