• Milky Way across Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt

    National Park North Dakota

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    Visitors to the South Unit may experience up to 30 minute delays and rough road conditions due to road construction along East River Road. Construction is expected to be complete by October 1. Check back for updates Updated 08/13/2014 5:16 pm MT

Stories

Two of Roosevelt's favorite stories to tell of his time in the Dakota Territory were that of the Bar Fight in Mingusville, and the adventure of the Boat Thief Pursuit.

Theodore Roosevelt was one of our nation's most prolific writers. He wrote many well-received books on Naval History, American History, and biographies. A quarter-million of his letters have survived. He also wrote keen natural histories, especially of wildlife. As an adolescent, he wrote what was at the time the best bird guide to the birds of Long Island. While in the Dakota Territory in his 20s, Roosevelt also wrote with terrific detail and prose of his experiences in the wilds. Books including Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, and The Wilderness Hunter each provide insight to the romantic attachment Roosevelt had to the West and prove a testament to his apt ability to artfully describe the scene and his experiences.

Did You Know?

The petrified forest trees include huge dawn redwood, magnolia, ginkgo, cypress, date and palm trees that once grew 60 million years ago.

Rocks that make up the petrified forest in the park's South Unit came from huge dawn redwood, magnolia, ginkgo, cypress, date and palm trees that once provided shade from steamy heat 60 million years ago. More...