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Published October 05, 2012, 10:35 AM

Roosevelt ranch in North Dakota listed on National Register

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in western North Dakota has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register is the federal government's list of properties it considers worthy of recognition and preservation. The Forest Service says the listing includes about 200 acres of land in Theodore Roosevelt National Park that can't be developed, and also about 4,400 acres of surrounding Greater Elkhorn Ranchlands where development is not banned.

Before he became president, Roosevelt spent more than three years in the North Dakota Badlands in the 1880s, ranching and hunting on land that government agencies and conservation groups have hailed as the "cradle of conservation."

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