Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Happy Birthday Teddy Roosevelt!

October 27, 2011, 8:33 am

October 27, 2011 marks what would be former President Theodore Roosevelt's 158th birthday. 

A great conservationist, adventurer and lover of the West, Teddy Roosevelt designated several national parks and played an instrumental role in paving the way for the protection our country's public lands.

As president, Roosevelt used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands by creating the U.S. Forest Service and establishing 150 National Forests, 5 National Parks, 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 4 National Game Preserves, and enabling the 1906 American Antiquities Act, which he used to proclaim 18 National Monuments. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt protected approximately 230 million acres of public land.

Roosevelt also was instrumental in drumming up public support for the west with his exciting adventures and moving speeches. To get a first-hand glimpse of his insipiring persona, read a few chapters of his book, Stories of the Great West, flip through a virtual version of his diary, or, sneak a glimpse of this photo of Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose through a lake.

Roosevelt is also commemorated at five sites in the National Park System:

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, a historic brownstone townhouse on East 20th Street in New York City. (currently closed for renovation).

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Roosevelt's home in Oyster Bay, on Long Island, NY.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in the rugged North Dakota badlands, which shaped his attitudes and philosophy regarding conservation.

Theodore Roosevelt Inagural National Historic Site, in Buffalo, NY, where he took the oath of office as the 26th president of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial, a quiet island for reflection in Washington, D.C.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in South Dakota, where his likeness is carved in stone alongside other presidential greats: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

Image: Theodore Roosevelt out West. Source: NPS.gov.

More great resources:

TheodoreRoosevelt.org

TheodoreRooseveltCenter.org