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

Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
1. Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker
Inscription.  
      In the spring of 1886 thieves stole Theodore Roosevelt’s 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
 
Location. 47° 36.174′ N, 103° 26.504′ W. Marker is in Watford City, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Scenic Drive. Marker is located in the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, at the Oxbow Overlook at the end of the tour road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 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.
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By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
2. Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves Marker
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3 miles away); The View that Launched a Park (approx. 3 miles away); Bentonitic Clay (approx. 3.2 miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 4˝ miles away); Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 4˝ miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watford City.
 
Also see . . .  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 Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
3. Marker in Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
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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 was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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