A sign marking Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign visit hung in the Rebel Room inside Watertown’s American Hotel, which was razed in 2001 along with the adjacent T.A. Smith block building on Arcade Street. Today, there is a city bus station at the site. Watertown Daily Times

Editor’s note: This story is a republication of a Nov. 19, 1975, story in the Watertown Daily Times about presidential candidate Jimmy Carter’s visit to Watertown’s Rebel Room bar. Times staff writer Bert Gault covered the campaign stop of the 51-year-old who would become the 39th president of the United States and be awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for work finding peaceful solutions to international conflicts and advancing democracy and human rights.

The sign in front of the Holiday Inn said, “Welcome Jimmie Carter.”

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