Eleanor Roosevelt, 1938


This wonderful photo of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Tri-City Airport (now Tri-Cities Regional Airport) was tucked in a scrapbook that was donated today.

What a find!


I was curious to know the context of the photo and what brought the First Lady of the United States to the airport. Thank goodness for the newspaper archives! The reason for her stop in the Tri-Cities? The March 6, 1938 edition of the Kingsport Times reported that the Mrs. Roosevelt’s American Airlines flight en route to Forth Worth, Texas would be making an eight minute stop to refuel. Looking at the photo it appears as though she received a pretty warm welcome for such a short visit!

Mystery solved.





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