Archive - Friendship Monument

May 01, 2021


Every weekend we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published May 2, 2004.

Provided by: Mike Barondeau, Edmunds Central School
Summary author: Mike Barondeau

The photo above was taken in May of last year and shows Friendship Monument on top of Mount Roosevelt (originally called Sheep Mountain), which is located just a little northwest of Deadwood, South Dakota. This monument was conceived by Captain Seth Bullock, western frontiersman, conservationist, first Sheriff of Deadwood and intimate friend of Theodore Roosevelt. It was dedicated on July 4, 1919, as the first memorial in the United States to the late president. From Mount Roosevelt it's possible to view the rangelands north of the Black Hills, which extend all the way to North Dakota, where Roosevelt maintained his ranching operations during the 1880s (near Medora, North Dakota).