Why was this site chosen?

When plans for a facility of this magnitude take place, there are many things to take into consideration. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation weighed many factors: visibility from and access to Interstate-94; the “feel” of Roosevelt and the badlands; the preferences of the staff, faculty, and students of Dickinson State University; and community concerns and preferences. While there were advantages to all locations considered, the TRPLF ultimately chose one of the best protected locations in the city of Dickinson, on the former rodeo grounds at Dickinson State University. It was the decided will of the people of Dickinson that the facility be built on campus, in town, easily accessible in all seasons.