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Roosevelt Park Zoo

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1920 established. 1219 Burdick Expwy.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

In 1912, the Minot Park Board began acquiring land to provide recreational access in Oak Park in northeast Minot, including a zoo in Roosevelt Park, and a connection between the parks for trails and pedestrian access. Park superintendent Will O. Doolittle was instrumental in the early development of the Minot park system, and especially the zoo. Established in 1920, the Roosevelt Park Zoo includes a ceremonial gateway, bear den, and exhibit building for large mammals, especially big cats. After substantial growth from the 1940s through the 1960s, a 1969 flood necessitated removal of all the birds and animals from the zoo, which led to the redesign of the zoo grounds. The entire population of zoo animals was rescued from the 2011 flood, and, while weighing possibilities for longer-term relocation, this historic facility was fully restored and has reopened to the public.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Roosevelt Park Zoo", [Minot, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 140-141.

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