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Wrought iron gateway into the Roosevelt Cabin
Wrought iron gateway into the Roosevelt Cabin
TitleWrought iron gateway into the Roosevelt Cabin
Date of Original194-?
CreatorAnderson, David, 1883-1962
DescriptionView showing the wrought iron gate into the Roosevelt Cabin located on the grounds of the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Sign at right states "Roosevelt Cabin, Open June 1st to Sept. 15. Between 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. & 5 p.m." Cabin mostly obscured by trees and bushes.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectLandmarks
Subject (LCTGM)Log cabins
Historic buildings
Personal NameRoosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Chisholm, Haile, 1851-1951
Organization NameNorth Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, N.D.)
LocationBismarck (N.D.)
Burleigh County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2023.A-398
Negative Number2023.A-398 (4 x 5 plastic)
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original10 x 13 cm.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Biography/History"One thousand six-hundred and seventy-three pieces of hand-wrought metal went into the making of the 1, 100 pound Roosevelt Memorial Gate to be erected at the entrance to the grounds surrounding the Roosevelt cabin at Bismarck. One year of painstaking effort on the part of Haile Chisholm, instructor in metal work at the North Dakota Agricultural College, was necessary to complete the hand-built structure. Mr. Chisholm is 75 years of age. At the top of the gate appear the dates of Roosevelt's birth and death, with the letters 'U.S.' between the dates. Around the word Roosevelt, which appears farther down the gate, are arranged letters representing the former president's accomplishments. 'A' stands for 'author, ' 'S' for 'statesman, ' and other letters forged represent hunter, rancher, educator, reformer, naturalist, president, diplomat, and governor. A striking feature of the gate is the handmade sliding latch with a handle on each side. To add to his, Mr. Chisholm is making a handmade lock. The gate contains 994 pieces of ornamental metal, 394 rivets, 285 spacers, 344 welds and 1, 141 holes. It is seven feet and eight inches wide and eleven feet and eight inches high. One can only grasp the immensity of the task by considering its specifications, design, the lettering and wrought iron work, all done by hand. Work on the gate came near being interrupted once when the life size plans which were designed by Walter T. Rolfe, head of architecture at the college, caught fire but rapid work on the part of the aged metal worker saved it. The part that was destroyed had already been constructed" - College and State, July 1928.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDavid Anderson Photograph Collection 2023
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2023.A-398)
Digital IDrs005164
Original SourceNegative
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