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New Hayes exhibit shows presidential travel before Air Force One

Tom Jackson • Oct 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

But presidential travel was a little bit different in the days of Rutherford B. Hayes, America's 19th president (1877-1881).

Fremont’s Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center has opened a new exhibit, “Tales of Travel from the President’s Attic,” which runs through Jan. 27. It chronicles two trips made by Hayes while he served a president, and journeys by his son and nephew.

Hayes was the first president to travel to the West Coast while in office.

Transportation officials naturally did their best to please the president — the exhibit includes a letter to Hayes from a railroad company vice president, putting a private car at Hayes’ service — but travel in Hayes’ time was slow and onerous.

To keep reading this story, and to learn about the Hayes museum's new director, pick up a copy of Sunday's Register.

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