A few days ago, we toured the Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Dickinson, ND. By its nature, this is not an industrial site, but it is a historic one.
According to the park signage, Teddy Roosevelt retreated to this area when he was 24 years old. His wife died in childbirth and his mother the same day, so he left New York and began ranching and hunting in rural North Dakota.
His original cabin has been moved (1959) and restored as part of this park. His cabin was unique, as it had a pitched roof, instead of a flat, sod roof.
His cabin also had three rooms, which was unusual.
The park visitor center also had quite a few displays dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt. First, there was this neat display that featured a shirt with a bullet hole. Teddy Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech. He finished the speech anyhow.
It also had a collection of guns, and naturally, that drew my attention. I don’t know if these were actually his, or whether they were replicas of his guns. He may have donated his to the NRA Museum, but I may be mistaken.
First, there is this double barreled shotgun. I first thought it might be a drilling, as there is a third hollow barrel underneath. However, I think it may be where the cleaning rod used to be (and is missing). The third barrel does not appear to be rifled, but it could be worn out. Chances are, it’s just a shotgun with a missing cleaning rod. This does mean that it was meant for black powder shotshells.
There were several lever-action rifles as well. All three of them were large bore, probably .45-70, though there were other common calibers at the time (.50-70, for example). None of them were .30-30 Winchester, and none of them were marked.
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