On the afternoon of April 8, 1905, a private five-car passenger train pulled into Frederick in far southwestern Oklahoma Territory. On board was the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. He had come to hunt wolves in the Big Pasture, a huge as yet unsettled block of Comanche land east of Frederick and southwest of Lawton. His hunting party included wealthy Texas ranchers Al Bivens, Burk Burkett, and William T. Waggoner.
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