Monday, April 6, 2009
Key West, Florida: Little White House
W hen Harry Truman wanted to get away from it all when he was President, he sometimes came to Key West. The weather was good, and he had a nice place waiting for him. Not a bad vacation spot, especially for the Commander-in-Chief.
Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy also visited Key West when they were in office. The residents of Key West knew a potential tourist attraction when they saw it, so the place was converted into a museum.
The building is like the way it was in the late 1940's, and there are plenty of exhibits on hand with Presidential ties. One that caught my attention -- a picture of the first President Bush fishing off the Key's coast, wearing a Buffalo Bisons (minor league baseball) hat. It seems Bisons' owner Bob Rich (owner of Rich Products) gave Bush the hat, and he put it to good use.