Florida Keys guests can trip in President Truman’s limo

The Key West charitable Harry S. Truman Foundation recently acquired the Lincoln Cosmopolitan classic stretch limousine from a private collector in Texas. The vehicle was stationed in New York City during Truman’s presidency, which ran from 1945 to 1953. His new home is Harry S. Truman’s little White House in Key West.

The car, with an odometer of 51,000 kilometers, has an intercom, an internal protective shield, security elements and an airflow regulator for the convenience of the president.

“This limousine is one of nine in different cities in the United States that the president can use when driving to different locations,” said Clinton Curry, manager of the museum at the Little White House. “Back then, the presidential limousine wasn’t in the presidential plane.”

Limousine rides are part of the museum’s new White Glove Tour in small groups, which allows participants to tour galleries with Truman objects that are not on public display. You can even wear white gloves to store the president’s belongings, like Truman’s award-winning whiskey jigger.

“Truman made eleven presidential visits to Key West in a total of 175 days of his presidency, and essentially ran the United States right here from the little White House in Key West,” said Curry.

The little White House was restored in its Truman era and displays artifacts like the former president’s handcrafted poker table, one of the tropical shirts he wore in Key West, and the desk at which he performed his official duties.

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