We know that our area holds significant landmarks for the state as well as the country, and no event signifies that more than the visit of the President of the United States of America. The below video shows President John Fitzgerald Kennedy dedicating the Whiskeytown Bridge, which carries significance as both a testament to our beloved Whiskeytown Lake, but also a glimpse into the final weeks of a historic figure in our country.
Watch President JFK dedicate the Whiskeytown Dam below:
On September 28th, 1963, just seven weeks and six days before his assassination in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy made his last official visit to California to dedicate the Bureau of Reclamation’s Whiskeytown Dam. For five days, President Kennedy had been touring the Western states preaching to the nation the value of conservation. A crowd estimated at ten thousand had gathered early and waited for the arrival of the first president to visit the Redding, California area in 13 years.
It’s really chilling to watch our sitting President at our beloved lake only weeks before his assassination. This memory certainly stands as a significant chapter in NorCal history.