view of the cabin's historical significance,
the State of North Dakota acquired it shortly
after Roosevelt became President. In 1904,
it was dismantled, shipped to St. Louis,
Missouri, and set up for exhibition at the
Louisiana Purchase Expedition. It was such
a great attraction that it was taken the
next year to Portland, Oregon for the Lewis
and Clark Exhibition. During 1906, it was
exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair
in Fargo and then placed on the capitol
grounds at Bismarck where it was cared for
and administered by the State of North Dakota
and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
the establishment of Theodore Roosevelt
National Memorial Park in 1947, sentiment
developed to return the cabin to the Little
Missouri Badlands where it had originated.
It was transferred to the National Park
Service in 1959, and moved to its present
location north of the visitor center. The
cabin was then restored to its original
appearance, including a high-pitched roof.
number of items in the cabin today belonged
to Theodore Roosevelt. Those that did not
are from the same time period and would
be typical furnishings of the day.
prolific writer, Roosevelt spent many lamp-lit
hours laboring at the desk in the living
room recording his memoirs and reminiscences
of badlands life. Between 1884 and 1885
he completed Hunting Trips of a Ranchman
at the desk in the Maltese Cross Cabin.
The hutch in the living room doubled as
a library and fold-out writing table to
indulge two of Roosevelt's prime passions
reading and writing. The traditional
rocking chair in the living room was his
favorite piece of furniture. A wicker-lined
canvas clothing trunk belonging to TR sits
in the bedroom.
more about the Maltese Cross Cabin:
Visiting Theodore Roosevelt