They Also Ran Gallery - First National Bank in Norton, Kansas
The They Also Ran Gallery in Norton, Kansas is devoted to Presidential Candidates who were defeated, and it has received a lot of attention from around the country. Each Inauguration Day there is an inauguration party honoring the newest member of the gallery. Although the gallery is mainly devoted to the two major parties, some significant third party candidates are also included.
The gallery was started in the 1960s by William Walter Rouse, who was president and owner of the First State Bank and looked for ways to promote tourism in Norton. He was inspired by the book "They Also Ran" by Irving Stone and its story about Horace Greely, the publisher of the New York Tribune who lost his bid for the Presidency in 1872. Greely reportedly stopped at Station 15 of the Leavenworth Pike's Peak Express Company stagecoach line in Norton in May 1850.
The gallery is part of the First National Bank and is normally open on when the bank is open, but is closed on the weekend.
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