John F. Kennedy’s Conservation Tour in September, 1963

In September 1963, President John F. Kennedy made his historical Conservation Tour across the United States. The tour was organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. They suggested that Kennedy make a tour of the nation, highlighting environmental crises and proposing solutions to existing environmental concerns. Those topics were likely to get positive responses from the members of the audience and potential voters in the upcoming 1964 election. During his five-day trip, the President visited eleven states from Pennsylvania to California and delivered fifteen speeches. Most of his addresses focused on the environment and were intended to raise the country’s awareness of the existing problems; however, Kennedy also discussed his political agenda concerning the country’s national and international affairs.

This tour highlights five locations in the Intermountain West (in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Utah), where President John F. Kennedy delivered his historical speeches.

JFK at the University of Wyoming War Memorial Fieldhouse

The University of Wyoming War Memorial Fieldhouse was President Kennedy’s first stop in the Intermountain West during his 1963 Conservation Tour. The President arrived at the University at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25. At 12:50 p.m., he was…

JFK at the Salt Lake City Tabernacle (Mormon Tabernacle)

The president arrived at the Mormon Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City at 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 1963. The program at the Tabernacle started at 8:00 p.m., and more than eleven thousand people (eight thousand inside and three…

JFK at the Salt Lake City Municipal Airport

The last speech delivered by President Kennedy during his Conservation Tour in the Intermountain West was at Salt Lake City Municipal Airport. In this address, which started at 9:35 a.m. on September 27, 1963, JFK explained how innovative resource…

JFK at the Yellowstone County Fairgrounds

After giving a speech at the University of Wyoming earlier that day (September 25, 1963), President John F. Kennedy arrived at the Yellowstone Fairgrounds in Billings, Montana, at 3:55 p.m. The Secret Service estimated that more than seventeen…

JFK at Great Falls High School Memorial Stadium

The Great Falls High School Memorial Stadium in Great Falls, Montana was President Kennedy’s next stop during his Conservation Tour. The president departed Great Falls International Airport at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 1963, and arrived…