It’s customary to re-name a street upon a Presidential visit… but Key West held a special place in President Harry Truman’s heart and our history books both during and AFTER his presidency! He was known to have visited Key West some 16 times over his Presidential and Post-Presidential career… and I repeat KNOWN… I’d say he snuck in an extra time or two under the radar. Below are posted ONLY leisure photos of his time in Key West from his motorcade, his home, him sunbathing on the beach to him fishing offshore. HE LOVED KEY WEST!
By November 1946, President Harry S. Truman had served nineteen grueling months in office. The decision to drop the atomic bomb, the conclusion of World War II, the daunting task of rebuilding Europe and Japan and the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy had taken their toll on the president.
From August 16 to September 2, 1946, President Truman tried to rest by sailing to Hamilton, Bermuda. Unfortunately for the President, rough seas left him seasick and not too rested. By late fall, the President had developed a lingering cold that seemed to be getting worse. Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, having just inspected the Key West Naval Station, suggested Quarters ‘A’ in Key West as a secure, warm retreat. The President came for a week of relaxation and promised to return. Return he did for a total of eleven presidential working vacations and five post- presidential trips. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth, only surpassed by his hometown of Independence, Missouri.
His eleven (11) visits to Key West while President of the USA:
November 17 – 23, 1946
December 3 – 8, 1947
February 20 – March 5, 1948
November 7 – 21, 1948
March 6 – 19, 1949
November 28 – December 20, 1949
March 12 – April 10, 1950
March 2-22, 1951
November 8 – December 9, 1951
March 7-27, 1952
His five (5) visits to Key West AFTER he was President of the USA:
February 9-28, 1957
President and Mrs. Truman vacationed in both Islamorada in the upper Florida Keys and in Key West. RADM Francis McCorkle entertained the former President with a dinner in the Little White House dining room.
February 23-25, 1960
Most of this vacation was spent in Miami with a quick trip to Key West.
Most of the vacation was on Duck Key in the middle Florida Keys with a dinner at the Little White House on March 23,1964.
The Truman family vacationed at the Casa Marina in Key West.
The extended Truman family came once more to Key West and attended a
dinner at the Little White House on April 6, 1969.
Just think, as small as Key West is and naming one road per visit nearly the every street would’ve been named after him possibly becoming Harrytown, Trumanville, or Trumansburg! 🙂 Sorry Harry, Key West just sounds so much more relaxing!