JFK Memorial at Whiskeytown.

JFK Memorial at Whiskeytown

Field review by the editors.

Whiskeytown, California

Less than two months before his assassination, President Kennedy traveled to Whiskeytown in northern California to dedicate a new dam. A year later a memorial was unveiled on the spot, by artist R. Ciabani: it's a series of stark white cement bas reliefs set into an open-frame wall, including one of JFK giving a speech at the dam, labeled, "He Was His Own Profile In Courage."

Standing to one side of the wall is stainless steel column with a big black button; an attached sign reads, "Press the button to hear excerpts from the President's dedication speech."

Probably no "Ich Bin ein Whiskeytowner" moment, but you'll never know unless you push the button....

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JFK Memorial at Whiskeytown

Address:
S. Shore Dr., Whiskeytown, CA
Directions:
On the south end of Whiskeytown Lake. At the east end of the Whiskeytown Dam, on the northwest corner of S. Shore Drive and J.F. Kennedy Memorial Rd.
Admission:
Free
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