Teddy Roosevelts's Visit to Edgemont
President Theodore Roosevelt (T. R.) stopped in Edgemont on April 25, 1903 as part of a western states tour. Hundreds were on hand to welcome him. An old friend, Seth Bullock of Deadwood, arrived with him. They were then taken by carriage to City Park to the bandstand draped in red, white, and blue bunting. T. R. spoke to the crowd and paid tribute to those pioneers who had tamed “the shaggy wilderness” of the Black Hills area.
Town society matrons had planned a banquet to honor the president. However, a group of
cowboys pulled their chuck-wagon to the bandstand and shouted, "Come on, Teddy, eat with us!"
He joined them and while eating beans and bacon from a tin plate and washing his food down with coffee from a tin cup, T. R. happily recalled his ranching days on the Little Missouri River. The cowboys brought a horse to him, and he galloped down the street while they whooped it up and fired their six-shooters into the air.
T. R returned to his train when its whistle signaled, and the disappointed city dignitaries were left to dine without him.
Erected 2005 by Edgemont area and Minnehaha County Historical Societies.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Collier (approx. 3.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. President Theodore Roosevelt;Edgemont - Presidential Chuckwagon.
This is a 7 X 9 photograph of a crowd of people outdoors near a table of food at an unidentified location. A man in the center of the photo appears to be Theodore Roosevelt. He and others are wearing ribbons on their jackets. photo is glued to cardboard. The back is not visible. (Submitted on April 23, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. President Roosevelt's western tour - Edgemont, S. D. Rough Riders. (Submitted on April 23, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 23, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.