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JFK at the Alamo

September 12, 2008

On this day 48 years ago, September 12, 1960, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy, his running mate Lyndon B. Johnson, and Senator Ralph Yarborough stopped at the Alamo during Kennedy’s campaign. Less than two months later he defeated Republican candidate Richard Nixon. Kennedy later visited San Antonio as president on November 21, 1963, the day before his assassination in Dallas. These photos are part of the library’s Octavia West collection.

John F. Kennedy signs the guest register in the Alamo. To the left is his sister Patricia Lawford and to the right the DRT hostess.

John F. Kennedy signs the guest register in the Alamo. To the left is his sister Patricia Lawford and to the right the DRT hostess. (SC03.007)

From left, Senators Ralph Yarborough, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson in the Shrine.

From left, Senators Ralph Yarborough, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson in the Shrine. (SC03.008)

Click here for a full citation of the documents and images included in this entry.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2008 4:49 pm

    I have always been a JFK junkie and was really tickled to see this today.

    Love what you are doing with the blog. Great job!

  2. Mark permalink
    October 10, 2011 2:47 pm

    Cool stuff! FYI: There is a great photo of the 1960 Kennedy motorcade moving down Broadway on the wall of Sam’s Burger Joint at Broadway and Greyson St. and also Earl Abel’s diner (Austin Hwy) has a giant pic of JFK in front of the old restaurant in ’63 on the wall. Go check it out if you’re a true JFK junkie!

  3. drtlibrary permalink*
    October 10, 2011 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Mark! We may have to go check those photos out!

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