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Teddy Roosevelt - Wilderness Warrior

Posted by Sean Stevens at Feb 25, 2011 02:10 PM |
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Some real, and not so real, examples of our 26th President as an environmental fighter.

Teddy Roosevelt - Wilderness Warrior

Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir enjoy the view at Yosemite (courtesy NPS).

Got an e-mail from Doug Heiken the other day that I had to share.

We've all known Teddy Roosevelt as an avid hunter and champion of early efforts to protect National Parks, Wilderness, and the early National Forest system. In fact, Douglas Brinkley (see below the jump for a video) wrote a book in 2009 called Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.

I'm guessing many of you have seen the photo to the right - Roosevelt standing in admiration of Yosemite next to the founder of the Sierra Club (and the modern conservationists movement) John Muir.

What you're less likely to have seen is TR in true wilderness warrior mode. See below the jump.

 

Teddy vs Bigfoot

That's right...that's our 26th President taking on Bigfoot. The artist's rendering is courtesy of a post on the website Neatorama. Here's what the poster John Farrier had to say:

deviantART user SharpWriter is fond of depicting scenes from American history, such as Abraham Lincoln riding a grizzly bear while wielding a M-16 and the Emancipation Proclamation. That’s January 1, 1863, just in case you are curious. One of his more recent works is this image from Teddy Roosevelt’s first full term in office. You know — when he killed Bigfoot. One nitpick: in the actual historical event, Roosevelt used a Krag-Jørgensen.

Hilarious.

Oh yeah, here's the real scoop on Teddy and wilderness preservation from Douglas Brinkley.

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