Although Theodore Roosevelt was not the first to take action toward preserving the Grand Canyon, nor was he able to make the place into a National Park during his tenure as president, he may have been the Grand Canyon’s most enthusiastic supporter. Roosevelt felt passionately about the canyon, saying,

It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world…

In 1906, he created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve and then in 1908, he made Grand Canyon into a National Monument. (It was Woodrow Wilson who signed the act making the Grand Canyon into a National Park in 1919.)

So, in celebration of President’s Day, and to thank him for the role he played in helping the Grand Canyon become what it is today, here are 6 facts about our 26th President.

Theodore Roosevelt, Grand Canyon

6 Facts About the President Who LOVED the Grand Canyon was last modified: February 15th, 2016 by Jessica Clark

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