- Publisher: Dickinson State University
- ISBN: 0978626702
- Published: October 19, 2015
Roosevelt rode whatever horse was put in front of him. He was frequently thrown by the wild ones. He broke ribs and the point of his shoulder in the course of his roundup adventures, but he forced himself never to miss a work call. Lincoln Lang recalled that Roosevelt once drew a mean bucking horse. He ‘gave us all an exhibition of the stuff he was made of…He had his grip and like grim death he hung on… hat, glasses, six-shooter, everything unanchored about him took the count. But there was no breaking his grip… he stuck.’ Roosevelt’s account was more comical. ‘I rode him all the way from the tip of his ear to the end of his tail.
This is a book of frequently asked questions and their answers. It was the first project of what became the Theodore Roosevelt Center and eventually the Theodore Roosevelt National Library at Dickinson State University in western North Dakota. Most North Dakotans are aware that Theodore Roosevelt hunted and ranched in the Little Missouri River badlands for a few years beginning in 1883, but they may not be aware of when TR came and went, the range of his adventures in Dakota Territory, and the reasons why he later said he would never have become president of the United States had it not been for his time in North Dakota.
The book of 114 pages briefly explores such questions as “How do you pronounce ‘Roosevelt?,” “How much time did Roosevelt actually spend in North Dakota,” “How much money did Roosevelt lose in the cattle business,” and How did the cabin from the Maltese Cross Ranch wind up in Medora.”
I love the FAQ format.