TR'S DAKOTA CABIN/RANCH

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TR'S DAKOTA CABIN/RANCH

After Alice's death, Roosevelt left the political arena and went west. He spent two years living "the adventurous ranch life of the Dakota Bad Lands." As a cattle rancher, Roosevelt experienced the freedom and beauty of the wilderness. Writing to friends and family, he said, "I heartily enjoy this life, with its perfect freedom, for I am very fond of hunting and there are few sensations I prefer to that of galloping over these rolling, limitless prairies, rifle in hand, or winding my way among the barren, fantastic and grimly picturesque deserts of the so-called Bad Lands. The country is growing on me more and more. It has a curious, fantastic beauty of its own."

This postcard shows Roosevelt's cabin in the Dakota Territory, near what is now Medora, N.D.

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