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Planned mine threatens quiet of Roosevelt ranch in badlands

Published 06/08/2012, The Jamestown Sun

The site of the Elkhorn Ranch in the badlands of North Dakota looks and feels much as it did when Theodore Roosevelt retreated there to raise cattle following the deaths of his wife and mother in 1884. The cattle are gone, as the ranch is now part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but the sweeping views of wind-carved buttes, cacti and colorful rock formations remain pristine and are a major draw for the more than half-a-million visitors to the park each year.

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