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Crowds cheer President Theodore Roosevelt in Edgemont in 1903.
Crowds cheer President Theodore Roosevelt in Edgemont in 1903.
Image from Library of Congress
April 18, 2016

IN HISTORY: President Theodore Roosevelt Visited Edgemont, April 25, 1903

One day after departing from a two-week stay at Yellowstone National Park, President Theodore Roosevelt's campaign train stopped for an hour in Edgemont. 

Roosevelt's tour of the American West lasted either 30 days or five-and-a-half weeks, depending on the source consulted, and spanned either 14,000 or 21,000 miles. He visited Fargo, Los Angeles, and points in between. His stop in Edgemont appears to have been made between stops in Newcastle, Wyo., and Grand Island, Neb

Roosevelt had risen to the presidency in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. Hoping to win election to his own full term in 1904 and responding to criticism from some of his fellow Republicans against his trust-busting and anti-corporate corruption policies, Roosevelt left the nation's capitol to campaign in his beloved West.

After Roosevelt's Yellowstone visit and two days in Yosemite with Sierra Club founder John Muir, a series of laws and actions led to the creation of the U.S. Forest Service (along with 150 national forests), five national parks, 18 national monuments and dozens of wildlife preserves during the Roosevelt administration. 

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