2016 5 oz Silver ATB Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
2016 5 oz Silver ATB Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND - The Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is the fourth release in 2016 of the U.S. Mint's popular 5 oz Silver bullion America the Beautiful series. The reverse features a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback surveying the Little Missouri River.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located in North Dakota, was established as a national site in 1946. Before he was president, Roosevelt ventured to the Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883. The experience shaped his views on land use and nature conservation, which led to one of the greatest of American ideas: the creation of protected areas as National Parks. During his presidency, the conservation of resources was not necessarily valued for their intrinsic, natural beauty, but it was here in the wilderness that Roosevelt built a ranch and became inspired to campaign toward the preservation of land as parks. Today, the park has 70,000 acres, over 150 species of birds, elk deer, prairie dogs, and a seven-foot-tall fence for a large herd of American Bison. The park has over 100 miles in trails and sightseeing opportunities with approximately 400,000 visitors a year.
"The river flows in long sigmoid curves through an alluvial valley of no great width. The amount of this alluvial land enclosed by a single bend is called a bottom, which may be either covered with cotton-wood trees or else be simply a great grass meadow. From the edges of the valley the land rises abruptly in steep high buttes whose crests are sharp and jagged. This broken country extends back from the river for many miles, and has been called always, by Indians, French voyageurs, and American trappers alike, the "Bad Lands"..." - President Theodore Roosevelt.
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