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Sunday, September 10 • 10:45am - 11:45am
WoodenBoat Thieves in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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Teddy Roosevelt was a woodenboat builder – not by choice but by necessity. In 1886, Theodore Roosevelt had his boat tied to a tree behind his ranch on the Little Missouri River which he used to cross the river when the water was high and check on his cattle on the other side. One morning during the high water of spring thaw, it went missing… probably the result of the raging river and wild current - or possibly the work of some cattle rustlers and horse thieves that lived upriver and needed to flea the Dakota territory before they were hanged??

Come find out how Roosevelt dealt with this situation by building a wooden boat in two days and giving chase to the bandits. Quite a story – quite a man.


Greg Hatten

Greg is an outdoor adventurer, free-lance writer, professional photographer and special-interest speaker on topics that apply wilderness experiences to management and leadership challenges in everyday life. His passion for building and rowing wooden boats on challenging rivers led to a project with the National Park Service to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the NPS. In the past 18 months Greg and his wooden boats have visited over 14 National Parks and written about the adventures in a number of well-known publications... Read More →

Sunday September 10, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Explorer Stage

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