A Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been in the works since shortly after Theodore Roosevelt’s death in 1919. The state of North Dakota set aside land for such a memorial in 1924 and by the following year land, 2,030 square miles was chosen for the project.
Civil Conservation Corps
Many changes of ownership occurred with the involvement of state and federal government entities. A first step was the formation of the Roosevelt Memorial National Park Association (later, the Great North Dakota Association). The Roosevelt Regional Park Project ushered in the CCC (Civil Conservation Corp) in the mid 1930’s. Along with the efforts of the Works Projects Administration (WPA) and Emergency Relief Administration (ERA) many of the roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, and buildings which we use today were constructed.
Officially a National Memorial Park
In 1947 Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park was officially created. It included the present day South Unit as well as the Elkhorn Ranch. The North Unit became official on June 12, 1948. A formal dedication of Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park took place on June 4, 1949.
Dedication of Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park
A stage and a formal pageant were part of the dedication ceremonies at the East Entrance on June 4, 1949.
Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park 1949
A National Park in 1978
President Carter signed Public Law 95-625 on November 10, 1978, and the area was given national park status. It then became, as we know it today, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. A formal dedication was held August 11, 1978.
With the construction of Interstate 94, which replaced Old Highway 10 in the early 1960’s, the main entrance to the park was moved to Medora. The East Entrance is no longer used. Read about that change here: Then and Now
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Map 2019
Park access and amenities have changed considerably since the park dedication in 1949!
You’ll find concise history and historical documents concerning the park and Theodore Roosevelt at the Theodore Roosevelt Center in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Hike to the Old East Entrance: The Prairie Dogs Like This Place!
There is a special quiet feeling at Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch. Find it here: A Peaceful Place for Refuge and Solitude
It can get WILD out there! Get Your Camera Ready!
What’s Going On In The Badlands? A LOT! Find out here: There’s So Much To Do!
The Beauty of the Badlands is never ending! See, and purchase, photos here: The Beauty Goes on Forever!