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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"T" is for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Prehistoric Swamp Mural
"Prehistoric Swamp Mural" on display, South Unit Visitor Center - National Parks Service photo
Theodore Roosevelt. As I write about the National Parks, the name of Theodore Roosevelt appears again and again. Roosevelt first came to the Badlands of North Dakota in 1883. He came to hunt bison but fell in love with the land and the rugged lifestyle of the West. This led to his investment in the Maltese Cross Ranch and later, the Elkhorn Ranch, 35 miles north of Medora.

"Badlands" National Park Service photo
The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is composed of three sections: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The Little Missouri River flows through the park which contains 110 square miles.

Roosevelt wrote articles and major works about his adventures and ranch life in the West. He served as President of the United States in 1901-09 when he did much to promote conservation policies.

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is high on my list of parks I would love to visit.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty - busy people always do lots don't they .. how these people have time to write books as well as head up governments .. I've never quite worked out!

Delighted that he served Conservation so well .. and like you I'd like to visit .. cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Hilary, for your visit. I've always been fascinated by TR!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The badlands would be cool to see. Good thing Roosevelt was an outdoorsman. Sounds like he was responsible for a lot of our parks.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

It looks and sounds terrific. Great history and social studies lesson here. Writer’s Mark

Udita Banerjee said...

Ah! To visit America one day!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I've always enjoyed reading about TR's adventures.

Nancy, I've learned a lot about the parks from writing about them. Need a lot more time to do each one justice.

Udita, I hope you get to visit.