Dallas will be forever remembered as the city where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Years before that, El Paso was also almost a Presidents' last stop.

This particular POTUS apparently wasn't too well liked as there were a number of attempts to kill him. One assassin even tried to blow up a train he was traveling on.

The attempt made here also included the President of Mexico. Despite a ton of Texas Rangers, U.S. and Mexican troops, Secret Service agents, FBI agents and U.S. Marshals, a gunman got within a few feet of both leaders.

In 1909, President William Howard Taft came to El Paso to meet with Mexican President Porfirio Diaz. It would be the first time a POTUS and a Mexican 'Prez met and the first time a POTUS ever crossed the US - Mexico border.

They agreed on meeting at the Chamizal strip between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez. It was considered disputed — but neutral — territory, and they agreed that no flags of either country would fly during the meeting. However, as news of the meeting began to circulate, a massive influx of assassination threats against both presidents began to raise concerns. - grunge.com

A Texas Ranger spotted an armed man waiting along the route that Taft and Diaz were to take, disarmed him and held him as both Presidents went past.

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Taft was a big guy, (he weighed 330 pounds), and he joked afterward that if anyone wanted to kill him, he'd be "hard to miss".

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