January 6, 2024, marks the 105th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s passing, a significant milestone in not just North Dakota’s history, but the whole nation’s. His robust conservation efforts, visionary policies and impact on the United States’ political landscapes are immeasurable and memorialized throughout North Dakota through Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, set to open in 2026.
In a different historical vein, 220 years ago in October 2024, explorers Lewis and Clark first stepped foot in North Dakota. Their journey took root in Fort Mandan, which you can still explore today. Here, they encountered the awe-inspiring beauty of the Missouri River, worked with local tribes and first met Sakakawea, who would become their guide. This exploration paved the way for westward expansion and shaped the course of American history.
2024 also marks the 120th anniversary of the White Horse Hill National Game Preserve. Today, this refuge continues to protect the natural habitat and wildlife of North Dakota, serving as a testament to the importance of conservation in preserving the state’s biodiversity and ecosystems. Here you can see bison, elk and beautiful overlooks of the area, including the nearby Devils Lake.
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