In Honor of a President Theodore National Park in the Badlands of North Dakota
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape him physically and psychologically and in the future his support of a conservation policy that we still benefit from today. My father born in 1909 was named after Theodore Roosevelt. Needless to say TR is one of my great heroes in American history. If you’re not acquainted with him, I strongly suggested reading his biography. There are several good ones available and two of the best are Mornings On Horseback by David McCullough and Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris. In the meantime, I’ll give you a look at the place that helped change him from a sickly asthmatic boy and a grieving husband and son (his wife and mother died on the same day) to one of our greatest presidents. Photography by Mrs T. and her vacationing partner in North Dakota.
The rugged landscape of the Badlands of western North Dakota was unusually green for late July this year. We also saw Roosevelt'sfirst ranch house, The Maltese Cross near the town of Medora.