Roosevelt Statue Moving to Permanent Location

January 4, 2022
Statue of Teddy Roosevelt on horseback outside of Rivercenter Mall
Credit: San Antonio Express News

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, fencing will be set up around the statue of Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt outside of the Menger Hotel in front of Rivercenter Mall to prepare for the move to its permanent location outside of the Menger Hotel Bar. The statue will be relocated and the sidewalk of the temporary location will be patched by early next week.

Roosevelt, along with Army Colonel Leonard Wood, formed the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in 1898. This regiment trained in San Antonio and strategized for war in the Menger Hotel Bar. They were known as the "Rough Riders" and had a diverse crew including cowboys, ranchers, and Ivy League athletes. He went on to serve as President from 1901 to 1909. He last visited San Antonio in 1911 and said, "no city or town that has a greater claim on me than San Antonio," as reported by the San Antonio Light.

This bronze statue, donated by Jack Guenther, is part of the Alamo Sculpture Trail.