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Visitors to Theodore Roosevelt National Park might know about the president's commitment to conservation, but they may not know that the former president spent years in the Dakotas as a cattle rancher and sportsman, a time that would shape his opinions on conservation. While Roosevelt only used the cabin for a short amount of time, it is here that much of his legacy is preserved.

The cabin itself enjoyed a widely traveled history, passing from various owners through the years, and being moved to various locations. The cabin was eventually returned to its current position. Shortly thereafter, a restoration project began to return the cabin to its original state. The Daughters of the American Revolution undertook the task of locating many items that were housed within the cabin, and visitors today can enjoy the fruits of their labor. Both a trunk belonging to Roosevelt and his writing desk adorn the cabin. The trunk was used as a lightweight traveling trunk, and three of Roosevelt’s books were written at his desk. Many other furnishings from Roosevelt’s day can be observed, though they were not owned by the former president.

Located near the South Unit Visitor Center, this is a perfect destination for budding conservationists and history buffs alike.

On the Road: This cabin is located a short hike from the South Unit Visitor Center.

Family Friendly: Beautifully restored, this cabin will give visitors of all ages a great peek into the lifestyle that sparked Teddy Roosevelt's conservationist ideas.

Gem Type: Historic Site

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Mikhaila Redovian

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Michele Miller
Dec 13, 2020
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Sep 6, 2020
Elizabeth Danula
So glad we checked this out. Great hands on History lesson for the littles
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Jeffrey Wilkie
Jun 20, 2020
Tom Herr
Classic log cabin right next to visitor center.
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