Theodore Roosevelt statue unveiled in Medora

In Medora, Theodore Roosevelt has many things dedicated in his memory: restaurants, public impersonators, even a national park, but the area found a new way to commemorate the 26th President on Friday.
 
Halloween is still a few days a way, but on a brisk Fall morning people gathered in Downtown Medora, in front of the Old Town Hall Theater, for an early treat.
 
The treat was the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt.
 
"Especially since 1986 and the formation of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, It just seemed that the man at the center of all of that, Theodore Roosevelt, there needed to be a statue in commemoration of him," said Tom Schock, TRMF supporter.
 
Tom, and his wife Maria Schock, were one of seven supporters of the Medora Foundation to help raise funds for the statue. 
 
"The total with installation and everything was about. . . '40' [$40,000]," said Tom Schock.
 
Members and supporters of the foundation credit president, Randy Hatzenbuler, with getting the project completed over the Summer.
 
"It was 8:30 a.m. in the morning and by 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon I made six more phone calls, and everyone loved the idea. I was able to call the board and say we are going to put a statue up," said Randy Hatzenbuhler, TRMF President.
 
Today is Theodore Roosevelt's 159th birthday, and he came to to Medora in 1900 as a U.S. Vice President candidate, and in the very spot where the statue is placed, he declared his love for the region.
 
" 'If it had not been for my life in North Dakota, I would never had been President'.  Now we get to stand here and see how he felt when he made those comments," said Ed Schafer, TRMF Board Chairman.
 
The statue stands at 5 feet 9 inches and weighs about 250 pounds. 
 
It was sculpted by, John Lopez, who has created similar statues in Rapid City and many others across North and South Dakota. 
 

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