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Here’s to Teddy, the patron saint of RVers everywhere

Theodore Roosevelt, an avid traveler, stands next to a large globe. (Wikimedia Commons)
Theodore Roosevelt, an avid traveler, stands next to a large globe. (Wikimedia Commons)

It's hard to argue against Theodore Roosevelt as the president who did the most to help out RV travelers.

Of course, RVing wasn't a thing when Roosevelt was president. But it was Teddy's amazing foresight as the "conservationist president" that protected more than 230 million acres of some of the nation's most beautiful places.

Roosevelt didn't actually start the National Parks Service - that was Woodrow Wilson. But Roosevelt was instrumental in setting aside land for five national parks and creating 18 national monuments.

Roosevelt loved to visit what would become Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota for camping and hunting trips. He once camped out for two weeks in Yellowstone and slept under the stars with John Muir in Yosemite

As RV travelers know, our national parks are the nation's true treasure. And in large part, we can thank Theodore Roosevelt for preserving that treasure for all of us.

 



John Nelson is a freelance writer.