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President Kennedy in Billings

In Billings, a young girl is lifted above the crowd to shake hands with President John F. Kennedy during the president's "Conservation Tour" of Western states on Sept. 25, 1963.

Montana went to then-Vice President Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election, but that did little to contain the excitement of many Billings-area residents when President John F. Kennedy visited on Sept. 25, 1963. 

Local law enforcement scrambled to secure the airport where Air Force One touched down at 3:30 p.m., and around 17,000 Montanans flooded the Yellowstone County Fairgrounds to hear him speak on conservation (as planned) and the nuclear-test ban (not planned) at 4 p.m. 

President John F. Kennedy visit

Billings Senior sophomore Gary Brook shakes the hand of President John F. Kennedy during the president's trip to Billings in 1963.

Kennedy was in Billings for all of two hours, an event made more significant for attendees when Kennedy was assassinated just two months later in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Kennedy gets off plane

John F. Kennedy coming out of Air Force One in Billings on Sept. 25, 1963.

Read more about Kennedy's's visit in the Billings Gazette's 2013 article, 50 years ago this week, John F. Kennedy visited Billings; less than 2 months later he was dead, and see hundreds of other historic and stunning image in the Gazette's new book, Volume II: Billings Memories!

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