During the 1880’s, Theodore Roosevelt traveled to the West to hunt, and discovered the Badlands of Dakota Territory. Captivated by the rugged landscape and lifestyle, he purchased two cattle ranches, where he grew in inner strength, self confidence and physical stamina. After staying in Dakota Territory intermittently until 1887, Roosevelt returned to his life in the East, prepared to embark on his political career.
The cantonment was an abandoned army compound on the west bank of the Little Missouri River that served as a hunting lodge and headquarters at the time Theodore Roosevelt first appeared in Dakota Territory.
James Foley was a contemporary of Theodore Roosevelt in the badlands of Dakota Territory. He was a poet, a journalist, and a secretary to North Dakota political figures.
Arthur T. Packard (1860-1931) was a frontier newspaperman, law enforcement officer, and friend to Theodore Roosevelt.
Margaret Barr Roberts (1853-1938) was a rancher, an entrepreneur, a single mother, and a friend to Theodore Roosevelt.
William Wingate Sewall (1845-1930) was the first child born to Levi and Rebecca Sewall in Island Falls, Maine. Sewall’s childhood was spent hunting and exploring in the Maine woods. His love for those forests stayed with Sewall throughout his life.