President Theodore Roosevelt (T. R.) stopped in Edgemont on April 25, 1903 as part of a
western states tour. Hundreds were on hand to welcome him.
An old friend, Seth Bullock of Deadwood, arrived with him.
They were then taken by carriage to City Park to the bandstand draped in red, white, and blue bunting. T. R. spoke to the crowd and paid tribute to those pioneers who had tamed "the shaggy wilderness" of the Black Hills area.
Town society matrons had planned a banquet to honor the president.
However, a group of
cowboys pulled their chuck-wagon to the bandstand and shouted, "Come on, Teddy, eat with us!" He joined them and while eating beans and bacon from a tin plate and washing his food down with coffee from a tin cup, T. R. happily recalled his ranching days on the Little Missouri River. The cowboys brought a horse to him, and he galloped down the street while they whooped it up and fired their six-shooters into the air.
T. R returned to his train when its whistle signaled, and the disappointed city dignitaries were left to dine without him.