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The "Unexpected Inauguration" Double Decker Bus Tour



An assassin’s bullet. An unexpected inauguration. A new age begins…right here in Buffalo, NY.

Take this opportunity to retrace eight days in September 1901, from President McKinley’s shooting at the Pan American Exposition through the swearing in of one of our nation’s most consequential presidents-Theodore Roosevelt.

The TR Inaugural Site has created a motor tour of Buffalo that will share with riders the story of one of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history. You’ll learn about the anarchist who mortally wounded McKinley in the Temple of Music on the Pan-Am grounds and see the actual spot where the shots were fired. You’ll discover why McKinley was operated on at the Pan-Am Hospital and who was supposed to perform the surgery and didn’t. You’ll see where the private home stood in which McKinley stayed during his ill-fated convalescence. You’ll follow the path Vice President Roosevelt took from the Terrace Street train station to the Ansley Wilcox home at 641 Delaware Avenue where the oath of office was administered on Saturday afternoon, September 14.

Extra bonus! - Before the bus tour, enjoy an exclusive video featuring rare historic images of the Pan-American Exposition, starting at 5:45 pm at the TR Site!

The approximately 90-minute tour will board the bus at the TR Site at 6:30 pm.  

Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
  • 641 Delaware Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14202