Item 371N1055 - Concord stagecoach carrying President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Harding in Meacham, Oregon

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Concord stagecoach carrying President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Harding in Meacham, Oregon


  • 1923-07-03 (Creation)


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Photograph showing horse-drawn stagecoach with the words “Old Oregon Trail” on the side. The coach was carrying President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Harding during a parade from the train station in Meacham,Oregon on July 3, 1923. Also in the coach were Oregon Governor Walter M. Pierce and Washington Governor Louis F. Hart. The Hardings’ visit was part of a trip across the nation, which included a stop in Meacham to participate in events commemorating the anniversary of the first wagon train crossing of the Blue Mountains. The commemoration included an address by the president, the dedication of the old Oregon Trail, and a pageant depicting people and events in the history of whites’ arrival and settlement. A cropped version of this photograph was one of eight that were published on Page 8 of the Oregon Journal on July 4, 1923, under the headline “Scenes at Meacham Where Early West Lived Again for President Harding and Party.” This photograph had the following caption: “The president and Mrs. Harding seated in the old Concord coach which carried them from the train to the field where ceremonies were held. Mrs. Harding, on the rear seat, is waving at a baby held up by its father for to see the noted visitors.” The Oregon Journal published a story about the Meacham visit, headlined “President Dedicates Oregon Trail in Midst of Colorful Setting,” on the front page of the July 3, 1923 edition. See related image Nos. 371N1048, 371N1049, 371N1052, 371N1053, 371N1054, 371N1056, 371N1058, 371N1059, 371N1060, and 373G0073. Also see image Nos. 371N0140, 371N1047, 371N1050, 371N1051, 371N1057, and 371N1172 from Harding’s subsequent stop in Portland.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 371; 0371N1055

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Updated with additional references on January 3, 2019.

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