The Morning Brew: JFK's Oklahoma trips
JFK's Oklahoma Trips
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 54-years ago today in Dallas. For those who were alive at the time, it's a where were you moment. But while Kennedy is often associated with Dallas for obvious reasons, he also made several trips to Oklahoma during his career in politics. Here's a look back at those trips.
Then Sen. Kennedy meets with Don Baldwin, president of the Oklahoma state senate and Oklahoma senator Mike Monroney in November 1957. Kennedy was in town for a fundraiser at the fairgrounds. More than 5,000 attended the event.
Kennedy was friendly with Oklahoma Sen. Robert S. Kerr, making several visits to the state to support causes on behalf of Kerr who is at the far left.
Kennedy made a visit to Oklahoma City for a fundraiser during the 1960 campaign. Here a worker puts up signage at Municipal Auditorium ahead of a speech given by Kennedy at the venue.
Kennedy stayed at Kerr's ranch during a 1961 visit. Here he greets Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers before boarding a helicopter.
During that same visit folks in Big Cedar gathered to see Kennedy dedicate a stretch of State Highway 103 in the Kiamichi Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma.
Kerr's prized black Angus cows were shown to Kennedy during that 1961 visit. Kerr's ranch manager is describing each bloodline for the president, which must have been fascinating.
JFK on the streets of OKC? It happened in November 1960. Here his motorcade passes through the intersection of SW44 and Western on his way to a rally. This was just before the election.
Kennedy's last trip to Oklahoma took place in early January 1963. Here he arrives at Tinker Air Force Base to attend Sen. Kerr's funeral.