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Belfield in Stark County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Dude on the Frontier

 
 
Dude on the Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
1. Dude on the Frontier Marker
Inscription.
Theodore Roosevelt, 24 years old, came to the North Dakota badlands from New York City to hunt his first buffalo. For a week there was nothing but rain – at last some fresh tracks. And after hard riding, and a lot of missed shots, Roosevelt finally downed a large bull.

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He was looking for a taste of Wild West adventure. But something about the badlands made a deeper impression. Swift rides in the early morning, the songs of unfamiliar birds, the rock formations at night, all were part of the spirit of the place and he returned often during the years before his Presidency.

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Even during his earliest stays in the badlands, Roosevelt sensed a unique time passing away. Land was becoming overgrazed, the wild animals hunted off. And be began to fear that a wilderness lifestyle he had grown to prize might vanish . . .

The grass-land stretches out in the sunlight like a sea, every wind bending the blades into a ripple, and flecking the prairie with shifting patches of a different green from that around, exactly as the touch of a light squall or wind-gust will fleck the smooth surface of the ocean.”
- Theodore Roosevelt, in
Ranch Life in the Far West

 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
2. Left Side Marker
National Park Service.
 
Location. 46° 53.726′ N, 103° 22.972′ W. Marker is in Belfield, North Dakota, in Stark County. Marker can be reached from Interstate I-94, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located behind the Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belfield ND 58622, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Invasion Confronted (within shouting distance of this marker); Invader on the Badlands (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Painted Canyon – A View into Theodore Roosevelt National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Travel on the Custer Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Soldiers and the Sioux (about 300 feet away); The Badlands (about 400 feet away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 5.9 miles away); Von Hoffman House (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfield.
 
More about this marker. A picture of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback with another mounted man and a wagon being pulled by a team of horses appear on the marker.
 
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Dude on the Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
3. Dude on the Frontier Marker
Dude on the Frontier Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
4. Dude on the Frontier Marker
Marker at the Painted Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
5. Marker at the Painted Canyon
Theodore Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
6. Theodore Roosevelt
This 1967 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Adrian Lamb after Philip de Lászlo's 1908 original hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“No one ever craved the presidency more than Theodore Roosevelt or used its powers more joyously. In early 1901, however, his rise toward that office was suddenly checked. Having gained national prominence as a civil service reformer, Spanish-American War hero, and reform-minded governor of New York, he was now relegated to being William McKinley's vice president. But McKinley's assassination several months later changed everything, and Roosevelt was soon rushing headlong into one of American history's most productive presidencies. By the time he left office in 1909, his accomplishments ranged from implementing landmark efforts to conserve the nation's disappearing natural heritage, to instituting some of the first significant curbs on the excesses of big business, to building the Panama Canal.

When Hungarian-born English artist Philip de Lászlo painted the original version of this portrait, he encouraged Roosevelt to have visitors chat with him during the sittings, apparently thinking that it made for a more animated likeness.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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