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A Quiet Khrushchev Leaves for S.F.

September 20, 2009 |  6:00 am

Sept. 21, 1959, Times Cover

Sept. 21, 1959: Khrushchev grew increasingly frustrated that his U.S. trip was being closely controlled, preventing him from meeting "average Americans." In San Francisco, he finally broke loose from his handlers to meet crowds.

San Francisco Mayor George Christopher takes a slap at Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson, saying: "We're not going to have any ideological discussions here -- we're just going to live up to San Francisco's reputation for hospitality."

Sept. 20, 1959, Khrushchev, Security

Photograph by Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

A police officer is stationed on the roof of the IBM Building across from the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.

Sept. 20, 1959, Motorcade

Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Nikita Khrushchev's motorcade leaves the Ambassador Hotel, heading east on Wilshire Boulevard. Note the Tishman Building, 3325 Wilshire Blvd. 

Sept. 20, 1959, Khrushchev Motorcase

Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Khrushchev's motorcade heads for downtown Los Angeles, just east of the athletic field at Belmont High School, where Beverly Boulevard turns into 1st Street.

Sept. 20, 1959, Press at Union Station

Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Reporters and photographers wait for Khrushchev at Union Station.

Sept. 20, 1959, Union Station, Parker

Photograph by the Los Angeles Police Department

Police Chief William H. Parker gives an interview.

Sept. 20, 1959, Union Station

Photograph by George R. Fry / Los Angeles Times

Khrushchev leaves Union Station for San Francisco, ignoring microphones set up in case he wanted to make some farewell remarks.

Sept. 20, 1959, Glendale

Photograph by Don Cormier / Los Angeles Times

A crowd meets Khrushchev's train when it stops in Glendale. The sign reads "Nice work in Hungary, Nikita," according to the 1959 caption information.