11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

Year Listed: 2012
Location: Billings County, North Dakota
Threat: Development

Partner: Theodore Roosevelt National Park


Photo by Dickinson State University

Theodore Roosevelt hunted, ran cattle, and explored this expansive ranch in the rugged North Dakota Badlands in the late 19th century. It was here that the 26th president of the United States developed a deep appreciation for the American West and for conservation. Unfortunately, the serenity of the ranch, which lies on both sides of the Little Missouri River, is threatened by a proposed new road that would introduce a visual disruption, as well as traffic, noise, and dust.

As early as the 1880s, Roosevelt witnessed the environmental degradation in the Badlands wrought by overgrazing and overhunting, an experience that led directly to the development of his influential conservation beliefs. Today, incompatible road development imperils the Elkhorn Ranch landscape. Similar development threatens countless historic places on public lands across the country.


Protect the beauty and serenity of the historic place that inspired one of the greatest conservationists in presidential history.

Campaign Goals

      • Promote a road location that would not harm the ranch and the surrounding landscape.