History was made in September of 1901. All eyes were on Buffalo for what became one of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site teamed up with Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours to create an opportunity to retrace those historically significant eight days.
This open-air motor tour of Buffalo will weave its way through the streets of North Buffalo, the Elmwood Village, and downtown Buffalo, while sharing the story from the time when President McKinley was shot at the Pan American Exposition through the swearing in of Theodore Roosevelt.
“The Unexpected Inauguration” Double Decker Bus Tour is happening every first Tuesday evening between July and October.
On this tour, you’ll learn all about the anarchist who mortally wounded McKinley, and even see the actual spot where the shots were fired. You’ll discover why McKinley was operated on at the Pan-Am Hospital, who was supposed to perform the surgery, and who actually did.
From there, you’ll see where McKinley stayed and follow the path Vice President Roosevelt took from the Terrace Street train station to the Ansley Wilcox home at 641 Delaware Avenue where he took the oath on Saturday, September 14.
Get Your Tickets
Tickets are available for tours on July 6, August 3, September 7, and October 5. When you arrive, you’ll get to see an exclusive video featuring rare historic images of the Pan-American Exposition followed by a 90-minute bus tour beginning at 6:30 p.m.
This tour is $30 per person. TR Inaugural Site members only pay $25. Your ticket includes parking at the TR Site, a “Guide to the Pan-Am Grounds” and half-price admission for two to take a guided tour of the historic house museum at a later date.
Reservations are required and seating is limited. Seats on the upper deck will be filled first, and once that’s full they will start seating the lower deck.
“The Unexpected Inauguration” Double Decker Bus Tour
Tuesdays July 6, August 3, September 7, and October 5 from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
641 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, NY 14202