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Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Urban Wilderness

Theodore Roosevelt Island

 

— George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 15, 2020
1. Urban Wilderness Marker
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"...the edges of the wilderness lie close behind the roads of present travel."
—Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

Plentiful fish, waterfowl, animals, and plants attracted American Indians to this island hundreds of years ago. Greatly changed by the 1920s, the Nacotchtank tribe's former hunting grounds and waters had yielded to a variety of uses including a plantation and a recreation club.

In 1932 the Roosevelt Memorial Association stated the island "should be kept...a wild place" to retain "a sense of sanctuary where the people may flee from modern civilization." This philosophy recognized Theodore Roosevelt's explorer character and celebrated the 26th president's conservation achievements. As a result, visitors to Theodore Roosevelt Island today can find inspiration in a wilderness while surrounded by the city.

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In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt posed at Glacier Point in Yosemite, California, where he met with wilderness advocate John Muir. Their conservation resulted in protection of the area as a national park.

In the 1930s planners envisioned
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 15, 2020
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a natural environment on Theodore Roosevelt Island that would reflect the rugged character of the outdoorsman, naturalist, and conservationist president.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironmentNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 38° 53.686′ N, 77° 3.75′ W. Marker is in Theodore Roosevelt Island in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Upland Trail 0.2 miles north of Swamp Trail, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mason Mansion (here, next to this marker); Naturalist (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mason Estate (about 700 feet away); Natural by Design (about 700 feet away); Making the Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Force of Nature (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia); Mount Vernon Trail (approx. ¼ mile away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Theodore Roosevelt Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 15, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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May. 15, 2021