Teddy Roosevelt and the Grand Canyon

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What's Teddy Roosevelt's connection to the Grand Canyon?

Teddy Roosevelt and the Grand Canyon

When you visit the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge, you'll notice quite a few references to President Theodore Roosevelt including the Rough Rider Saloon, named in honor of the president. Roosevelt's influence on the park is historic for a number of reasons.

Roosevelt designated the park a National Monument in 1908, which ultimately led to the park's national park status, and so, the park's history rests on his shoulders.

In addition, he once said of the park, "Keep this great wonder of nature as it is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, for the ages have been at work upon it. Keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you," and this is probably the most well know and often repeated quote used in connection with the Grand Canyon.



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