McKinley Death Rock

McKinley Death Rock, Buffalo

McKinley Death Rock
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Bill K
Spencerport, NY1,420 contributions
In 1901 this area was occupied by the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition. On September 6, President William McKinley was shot ion this spot as he tried to shake hands with Leon Czolgosz.

On June 28, 1921, a small plaque was placed on a small rock, outlining the bare facts of the assassination. It sits on the Fordham Drive median and while the marker isn't much to look at, it is still an important part of history.

Most of my interest was just trying to find the market of such an important historical event. Their is a lot of heritage for him in the area and if you like President's, our 13th President Fillmore is buried about 3 blocks away at Forrest Lawn Cemetery.
Written July 27, 2021
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HOTTUB_JOHNNY
30 contributions
Stop if you are in the area...
Like others have said, it's a small rock representing a big part of history. Stop here and then go to the Oak Lawn Cemetery, just a couple of miles away to see the grave of the 13th President, Millard Fillmore.
I believe Millard Fillmore is most famous for having the school on the Brady Bunch named after him.
Written October 12, 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,308 contributions
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It’s a small rock on a median in a suburban neighborhood that describes the tragic event that happened here. Not much that I could say about it beyond that. A couple of contextual plaques would have been helpful, especially as this is not a well-known event, as evidenced by the tiny marker (compare this memorial to Ford’s Theater and the Texas Book Depository, for instance).
Written September 10, 2021
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JeffBreedlove
Atlanta, GA4,236 contributions
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A must visit fir all who love American history. This humble rock marks the assassination site of President McKinley.

It’s in a nice residential neighborhood so, please, be respectful. We drive in easy with Waze but there are nice signs in the community.

We pulled up and visited for about five minutes. Be careful not to be rude to a resident by parking inappropriately but parking does not appear to be an issue for a quick visit

It is stunning to read about the incident and know that one is standing where a President of the United States was killed

Go visit
Written October 23, 2021
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Kimberly W
Cossayuna, NY17 contributions
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Poor William McKinley is like the Rodney Dangerfield of presidents: he gets no respect. Where he died is a parking lot. His VP gets the National Park treatment. McKinley gets a rock and it's not even that big. Maybe if McKinley was from NY the rock would be bigger. Who knows.
The neighborhood itself is peaceful and the homes are well maintained. Plenty of parking. Though because it's McKinley, there is no gift shop. There may be a market for, "I Visited McKinley's Assassination Site and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt." A neighbor was sweeping her porch with nary a glance at us tourists taking our obligatory pictures. A few blocks north on Elmwood Ave is a bit sketchy so don't go wandering in that direction unless you need something at the corner adult bookstore.
Highly recommend to McKinley Aficionados, American History Buffs and Sarah Vowell.
Written May 30, 2018
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Peter G
Buffalo, NY363 contributions
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Took a short trip to the place where President McKinley was fatally shot. It's out of the way so unless you're nearby it's not a "must see" attraction. Basically it's a large rock with a plaque marking the exact spot where the president was shot while at the Pan Am Expo in 1901.At that time Buffalo was one of the 10 largest cities in the country.
It should be noted that Buffalo has a street named after President McKinley as well as a 96 foot tall monument ( obelisk) dedicated to him right in front of City Hall downtown.
Written July 6, 2018
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David K
Cleveland, OH1,432 contributions
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Perhaps you’ve already seen Ford’s Theater in Washington and Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. Now consider visiting another of America’s Presidential assassination sites: the McKinley death rock in Buffalo, New York. The computer-printer-sized rock is in the median of a quiet street in Buffalo’s north end. The site is the location of the Temple of Music, one of the many temporary exhibit buildings of the Pan-American Exposition, the turn-of-the-20th-Century “world’s fair” out of which grew present-day Delaware Park and this nearby neighborhood. President McKinley was greeting members of the public in the Temple of Music on September 6th, 1901, when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz. A week later the president died from his wounds.

If you visit, please be sensitive to the neighborhood’s inhabitants. The rock’s location, on a residential street with no visitor facilities and no parking, doesn’t easily support lingering. However, while there you may wish to consider exploring these other area attractions: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (located in an original Pan-American Exposition building), the Shaw Festival, Niagara Falls, Toronto.
Written March 3, 2015
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John B
Toronto, Canada2,969 contributions
Family
President McKinley was assassinated while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. He was shot at the Music Temple building and passed away eight days later. It was this event that brought Teddy Roosevelt into the President's office and his legacy is considered to be one of the great ones of all that held the office. This small memorial is placed on the spot where the Music Temple stood in the midst of the exposition grounds. Today it is a rather upscale residential neighborhood. If you're visiting the Buffalo Historical Museum it's worth driving by.
Written October 7, 2017
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,675 contributions
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I couldn't believe this was considered a Buffalo attraction and visited mostly because it seemed so obscure.

William McKinley was president of the United States from 1897 to 1901. We fought the Spanish American war (thus taking the Spanish out of Cuba and the Philippines) while he was president.

McKinley was elected for a second term in 1900 with Teddy Roosevelt as his Vice President. At that time, Buffalo was the second largest city in New York (which it still is) and one of the ten largest cities in the United States (which is no longer true). In 1901, Buffalo hosted the large Pan-American Exposition and it was a logical place for the president to visit. Here, however, he was shot by an anarchist in the music pavilion, and died shortly afterwards. Teddy Roosevelt, his vice president, became the youngest U.S. President to this day (although JFK later became the youngest to be elected president).

The photos of the exhibition make it look wonderful, but the exhibitions are long gone and what is here now on the former grounds is a nice but otherwise unexceptional residential neighborhood.

The McKinley death rock had nothing to do with this, but does mark the spot on the former Pan American Exposition grounds where McKinley was shot. It has a small marker and some flags.

The marker sits on a median strip on a residential street. We had no trouble parking roughly 20 feet away looking at it, and then leaving.

This is a monument of sorts - and even has a brass plaque and flags - but it may be the one of the very smallest monuments in America.

This is little more than a curiosity and worth no more than a slight detour and a few minutes. If you have any interest in this, however, you'll want to travel about a mile and a half to the house where Roosevelt was sworn in as president on 641 Delaware Avenue. It's run by the national park service and has photos and far more information about this sad but historically significant event a century ago.
Written June 24, 2017
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Russell G
Grand Island, NY38 contributions
Family
I live the next street over this is just a small boulder on the median in the middle of the street with a small plaque that indicates where president McKinley was shot during the pan american expo.
Written July 7, 2016
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