A new type of tour is coming to town, and it’s called The Unexpected Inauguration.
In September of 1901 history was made. An assassin’s bullet led to an unexpected U.S. Presidential inauguration right here in Buffalo. More than a century later, you have the chance to retrace those eight days.
Together, The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours are presenting this new touring experience. You’ll explore the streets of North Buffalo, the Elmwood Village, and downtown Buffalo while hearing the story of a momentous moment in our nation’s history, set against the backdrop of the Pan American Exposition. There are many stops along the way, including where the shot that proved fatal to President McKinley was fired, and where Theodore Roosevelt took his oath of office.
If you’ve never toured via Double Decker, here’s what you need to know. This bus is British, and the first double-decker in Buffalo. There’s enough space for 65 guests, aka tell your friends about this. The more friends the merrier, while tickets last. A spot on the upper deck allows for a complete open-air experience. This is 100% the way to tour come summertime. Don’t worry there’s an excellent PA system so you can hear your guide’s narration clearly.
This 90-minute tour starts at the TR Site. You can sign up to tour on July 26 or August 23, or the “special edition” tour (complete with an appearance by TR himself, followed by a reception) on September 13. Reservations are required and seating is limited. In other words, don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets.
Tickets for the July and August tours are $25 each, and come with free parking plus half-price admission for a guided tour of the historic house museum at a future date.
If you’re into exploring the city’s major moments in history, you want to sign up for this tour before it is too late.
The Unexpected Inauguration Tours