The President arrived in San Antonio at 9:00 a.m. Although the floral festival had to be cancelled due to rain, the three-hour visit still included a tour of Fort Sam Houston and the Alamo, and a speech at the opera house.
April 28—San Francisco
After visiting the state capitol, the President proceeded to Benicia where his brother had been stationed in 1857 after crossing the plains in the Utah expedition. Lunch that day also featured a new item, California figs. Although the First Lady contributed a recipe for fig pudding to her cookbook, this rich dessert does not appear on the train menus.
The President delivered a speech at the university and then proceeded to Oakland where the dense crowd made it impossible for him to reach the grandstand. He spoke from his carriage and took a ferry back to San Francisco in order to attend a reception at the Union League Club.
At Sisson, the President was given some lava ornaments taken from the foot of nearby Mount Shasta, the second-highest peak in the Cascades. Dinner featured California salmon and stuffed suckling pig with apple sauce.
Preparations in Leadville were nearly as grand as they had been for former President Ulysses S. Grant in 1880 when he visited at the end of his world tour. Flags, banners, and bunting dressed nearly every storefront. After touring the mines, the Harrison was presented with an eighty-ounce, pure silver brick inscribed: “To Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States–From the Smelters of Leadville, May 11, 1891.” On the reverse it read: “$159,633,078.87 in 12 Years.”
After attending a banquet at the first Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, the President was given a snow-white lamb for his grandson who was known to the public as “Baby McKee.” The youngster was one of the four generations of family members who lived in the crowded living quarters of the White House during the Harrison administration. The “best-natured waiter” in the dining car was given the task of feeding the six-week-old lamb from a nursing bottle during the final few days of the trip.
The day-long agenda in Denver included a parade described as “an imposing and brilliant spectacle” by a member of the press who covered the political junket. The countless speeches prompted the St. Louis Republic to opine that Harrison need not say another word for six months. “Who pays for this royal parade around the country?” asked the New Haven Evening Register. “The addresses...are timely and fairly meritorious, but they disclose the fact that the President cannot readily get in touch with the public or convince an audience that he is intrinsically a great man. His speeches are made to be read rather than to hear.” (All of the talks were later published as part of the bid for renomination.)
The train reached Altoona at about 10:00 a.m. which was none too soon given the jam-packed agenda of the day before. A farewell dinner was served in the afternoon. The cover of the special menu featured portraits of President and Mrs. Harrison floating over the Capitol building, being watched over by a woman personifying America.10 Afterward, Pennsylvania state officials greeted the President at Harrisburg where Postmaster General Wanamaker took leave of the party and departed for New York City.
Following Caroline Harrison’s death in October of 1892, Mary McKee served as her father's First Lady for the remainder of his term. Benjamin Harrison returned to Indianapolis after he lost his second presidential bid. Four years later, he married 37-year-old Mary Dimmick, his first wife’s widowed niece who lived at the White House during his administration and had gone on the political tour in 1891. Harrison’s grown children opposed the May-December marriage. Mary McKee became estranged from her father with whom she never spoke again. Benjamin Harrison died in 1901 at the age of 67.