Truman stopped in Glenwood in 1948 presidential campaign |

Truman stopped in Glenwood in 1948 presidential campaign

By Willa Soncarty

Registrar, Frontier Historical Museum

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was embroiled in a close and bitterly fought campaign for the presidency of the United States.

Truman strongly led America through the end of World War II, but post-war economic problems divided Americans about his leadership ability.

In order to win the campaign against Republican presidential candidate Thomas Dewey, Truman took his message to the people.

On Sept. 17, 1948, Truman’s campaign train left Washington D.C.’s Union Station, beginning a 33-day cross-country crusade.

At each stop Truman used plain talk, attacking his Republican opponent and encouraging the people to regain control of their government.

At 7 a.m. on Sept. 21, Truman’s train pulled into Glenwood Springs. After delivering a short speech from the back of the presidential car, he shook hands with an eager crowd and invited the local press to ride with him to Grand Junction.

Truman’s determination was rewarded in November 1948 when he won the presidency by a mere 2 million votes.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. Located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs, the museum’s summer hours are 11-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 945-4448.

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