New Film Commemorates Theodore Roosevelt State Park on Memorial Park’s 75th Anniversary – The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON – In partnership with More Than Just Parks, the Tourism and Marketing Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce announced the release of a new short film promoting Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The film along with other promotional content was released in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the designation of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Memorial Park, which took place on Monday, April 25.

“This exciting partnership has resulted in the latest breathtaking new short film about Theodore Roosevelt National Park,” said Sara Otte Coleman, director of tourism and marketing, in the press release. “The partnership was established to showcase North Dakota’s unique public lands and provide visitors with new ways to explore these landscapes.”

President Harry S. Truman signed a bill on April 25, 1947, creating Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, at the time comprising only the South Unit near Medora. On June 12, 1948, the rugged North Unit, which included land that makes up roughly the largest area around Watford City and the site of Elkhorn Ranch today, was added to the park.

As a memorial park, the site was the only one of its kind in the national park system at that time. Over time, in addition to President Theodore Roosevelt’s ties to the park, the land has been recognized for its diverse cultural and natural resources. It wasn’t until November 19, 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed public law, changing the status of the area from Memorial Park to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Additionally, the act placed 29,920 acres of the park under the National Wilderness Preservation System.

“Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a true gem for North Dakota,” said National Park Service Superintendent Angie Richman. “Designating Memorial Park was an essential step in preserving our cultural and natural resources while honoring Theodore Roosevelt for his conservation efforts.”

This latest installment in the award-winning More Than Just Parks series featuring Theodore Roosevelt National Park was produced not only to show what the destination has to offer in terms of recreational opportunities, but also to “highlight the importance of protecting legendary wild places in North Dakota,” the press release read.

“We couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of our new film with North Dakota Tourism featuring one of the most spectacular areas in the United States, Theodore Roosevelt National Park,” said Will Pattiz, co- founder of More Than Just Parks. “Spanning over 70,000 acres, the park offers a breathtaking array of breathtaking badlands, meandering rivers, diverse wildlife, including our national mammal, and colorful canyons.”

The short film can be viewed on


A view of the Little Missouri River running through the Badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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