President Roosevelt's Western Tour

Tenth U.S. Cavalry

The front page of newspapers across the country on April 1, 1903 featured a lead story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s planned campaign tour of the western United States.  The tour would encompass twenty-two states and two territories over the span of sixty-six days covering 14,000 miles.

The presidential train would leave Washington and head toward Yellowstone through Chicago.  After a time in Yellowstone the entourage would turn south-east to St. Louis and then travel 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 awaiting the arrival of Roosevelt’s train at Crawford, Nebraska.  The 10th Cavalry provided security during several of Roosevelt’s stops.  Stereograph circa 1903.

2014.8.10, Courtesy of The Library of Congress