In His Own Words: Prairie Firefighting Technique

Feb 23, 2015

“The other night we varied amusements by spending eleven hours of darkness in fighting a prairie fire. We killed a steer, split it lengthwise, and then Bob and I harnessed our exceedingly reluctant ponies to the fore and hind legs of a half-ox, and trapsed(sic) along the line of fire with it. Oh how winged and stiff we were next morning! Crossing washouts in the darkness with that blessed half carcass as a pendant, was not all that fancy might paint it.”


Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt, October 4, 1890. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University. Electronic copy sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. For reproduction or publication permission, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library.

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