Originally posted on The Life of Your Time:
Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Dakota territory in 1883 and had no idea he was on the verge of a life-changing experience. As a young, urban New Yorker he initially had little on his mind other than bagging one of the last American bison.
Along the way Roosevelt established a ranch in what would become North Dakota and developed a respect for the “strenuous life” and “perfect freedom” of the west. He also cultivated an awareness for the negative effects people were having on our few remaining wild areas. As a result of these experiences he would spend the rest of his life working to preserve American wilderness for all people.
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