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Rolling Fork in Sharkey County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt

 
 
Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
1. Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker
Inscription.  Pres. Theodore Roosevelt came to Smedes, 2 mi. S, in 1902 to hunt. On Nov. 14, Roosevelt refused to shoot a captive bear. Cartoons of the event are though to have led to the creation of the "Teddy Bear."
 
Erected 1986 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicEnvironmentSports. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1899.
 
Location. 32° 43.474′ N, 90° 56.397′ W. Marker is in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, in Sharkey County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 61 and State Highway 1, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 61. Located at the Onward Store, south of the fuel pumps. Parking area and easy hwy pull-off is provided. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6693 US 61, Rolling Fork MS 39159, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hill’s Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also
Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
2. Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker
The Onward Store is located near the sign. The store celebrates the history and notoriety that the sign brings it.
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named Hill’s Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cary Mounds (approx. 5½ miles away); a different marker also named Cary Mounds (approx. 5½ miles away); Aden Mounds (approx. 8½ miles away); Rolling Fork Mounds (approx. 12.4 miles away); Sharkey County Courthouse (approx. 13.2 miles away); What is a Shotgun Shack? (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rolling Fork.
 
Also see . . .
1. Washington Times: Rolling Fork, Mississippi: Teddy Bears, Muddy Waters & a Mansion. Article by Bob Taylor, February 27, 2012 (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

2. Rolling Fork, Mississippi: Visitor Events. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. RoadsideAmerica: Rolling Fork, Mississippi - Chainsaw Teddy Roosevelt Bears. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. Panoramio: Slow down. Bear crossing! (in Rolling Fork, MS). (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
5. Delta National Forest Information. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
6. Free Library:Going on a bear hunt - the Onward Store near Rolling Fork celebrates the Great Bear
Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
3. Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt Marker
Marker shown with the sun setting in the western sky.
. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
7. Teddy Bear History: Where It All Started. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
8. Factoids: The Teddy Bear. Original Swedish article reproduced in English. (Submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt & Onward Display image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
4. Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt & Onward Display
ONWARD
Where it all began...in the vast swamps of the Mississippi Delta...the birth place of the most popular toy in the world...the historic site of the most famous hunt to have taken place on American soil...
-----Onward Mississippi.-----
Theodore Roosevelt, America's Conservation President.
Holt Collier, America's Most Famous Hunting Guide.
The Birth of the Teddy Bear image. Click for full size.
November 6, 1902
5. The Birth of the Teddy Bear
In November 1902, the American President Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt was relaxing during a trip to settle a border dispute in Mississippi and was taking part in a hunting trip in the state of Mississippi. Having had no luck in finding a bear, members of the presidential hunting party tracked and caught a small black bear which, as the story goes, was a motherless cub. They tied it to a tree and then “invited” the President to shoot it as a trophy of his visit. When the president arrived on the scene he refused to shoot the bear, considering it to be unsportsmanlike. The incident caused Clifford K. Berryman to draw a cartoon titled “Drawing The Line in Mississippi” which linked the incident to the political dispute that had taken President Roosevelt to Mississippi in the first place. (This is the redrawn image of Clifford K. Berryman's first image.)
Wood Carvings of Teddy Roosevelt & Bear on Display in Rolling Fork image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
6. Wood Carvings of Teddy Roosevelt & Bear on Display in Rolling Fork
The Onward Store image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
7. The Onward Store
Inside view of the Onward Store, celebrating the folklore of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's hunting visit to Mississippi Delta in 1902 and the resulting notoriety it's brought this little community.
The Onward Store Wagon image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 4, 2015
8. The Onward Store Wagon
One of the historic pieces of transport from the turn-of-the-century era when Pres. Roosevelt visited the community. Food, clothing and hunting supplies for the president's visit would have been carried in such a wagon.
Theodore Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
9. 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 was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   6. submitted on January 5, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   7, 8. submitted on January 4, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   9. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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