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In 1883, at the age of 24, Teddy Roosevelt stepped off a train in Little Missouri (later called Medora) in the heart of Dakota territory. He'd come to join the hunt for the last buffalo. He went back East soon after his hunting trip was over. After his wife died in childbirth in 1884, Roosevelt returned to the West to take a personal hand in running the Maltese Cross Ranch which he'd invested in the previous year. The ranch was doing so well, he established a second ranch, the Elkhorn, just a little further on down the Little Missouri River.