The Theodore Roosevelt Collection

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's historic visit to the University of Idaho campus

Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Moscow

Over a century ago, for about 16 hours over April 9th and 10th, 1911, former President Theodore Roosevelt visited the University of Idaho.

Roosevelt and Dignitaries [1]
Roosevelt and Dignitaries [1]

Roosevelt arrived at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9th, and took a room at the Hotel Moscow. He woke to rain and clouds the next morning, breakfasted at Ridenbaugh Hall from 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. “with a large and select party”:

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Argonaut Issue April 19th, 1911, "Roosevelt Number"

He then planted a tree (that still stands today) in front of the Administration Building:

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Argonaut Issue April 5th, 1911, "Roosevelt Will Visit Campus on Monday"

And then spoke, just as the rain stopped, to a reported 8,000 people from a platform made of sacks of North Idaho’s famous wheat:

Roosevelt on Platform [9]
Roosevelt on Platform [9]

In his speech, Roosevelt mentioned his first visit to Idaho came before any of the students in attendance were born. He then went on to praise the University and its motto—’For the training of Idaho’s future citizens to their highest usefulness in private life and public service’—as well as Idaho citizens’ pioneer spirit. After he was finished, the former president took a special 10:30 a.m. train back up to Spokane.

Theodore Roosevelt Plants a Tree
Theodore Roosevelt Plants a Tree

This exhibit is composed of photos curated from the University of Idaho Historical Photos Collection and newspaper articles from The Argonaut Student Newspaper Digital Collection.

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