President Roosevelt's Western Tour

Tenth U.S. Cavalry

During 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt campaigned on a tour of the western United States.  The tour encompassed twenty-two states and two territories over the span of sixty-six days covering 14,000 miles.

After leaving Washington the train headed toward Yellowstone through Chicago.  After a time in Yellowstone the entourage turned south-east to St. Louis and then traveled the southern Union Pacific route through Nebraska and Colorado to California.

At every stop, adequate security had to be arranged, the local band, veterans, firemen and police force readied, parade routes had to be determined and streets and sidewalks cleared and decorated. 

This stereograph shows the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry greeting Roosevelt’s train at Crawford, Nebraska.  The 10th Cavalry provided security during several of Roosevelt’s stops.  Stereograph circa 1903.

2014.8.13, Courtesy of The Library of Congress