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Watford City in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves

 
 
Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
1. Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker
Inscription.
† † † In the spring of 1886 thieves stole Theodore Rooseveltís boat from his Elkhorn Ranch, 25 miles south of here. Roosevelt pursued the thieves past this point and captured them at the mouth of Cherry Creek about 24 miles downstream. He then marched the thieves overland to Dickinson where they were tried and convicted.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 47° 36.174′ N, 103° 26.504′ W. Marker is in Watford City, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Scenic Drive. Click for map. Marker is located in the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, at the Oxbow Overlook at the end of the tour road. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edge of a Glacier (approx. 0.7 miles away); Man and Grass (approx. 2.9 miles away); Building From Hard Times (approx. 3 miles away); Bentonitic Clay (approx. 3.2 miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 4.5 miles away); Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. 5.1 miles away); Slump Formation (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watford City.
 
Also see . . .
Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
2. Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker
 Tracking Roosevelt's River Pirates. Account of Roosevelt's boat thieves from True West, History of the American Frontier website. (Submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Marker in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
3. Marker in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
Theodore Roosevelt and the boat thieves image. Click for full size.
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4. Theodore Roosevelt and the boat thieves
When Roosevelt reached Dickinson and turned over his prisoners, the authorities asked why he didn't just shoot them rather than undertaking the long march.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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