CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is adding another rare piece of history to their collection.
Today they held a ceremony to welcome President Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite shotgun.
President Roosevelt used the Fox F Grade double-barrel shotgun on his famous African safari back in 1909.
“We are extremely excited to have this shotgun on loan to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,” said Carol Lovelady, director. “PPHM has long been known for having the best gun collection in Texas, but with the arrival of Teddy Roosevelt’s shotgun – considered a national treasure – the museum has become a destination for history buffs, gun collectors and Roosevelt scholars.”
The shotgun is on loan from the Jason Roselius Trust and will be on display through the summer.
“It’s important to have artifacts like that so that they can actually see what they read about,” said Jay Roselius, the donor’s father. “When I was in history, I would always want to go see something instead of read about it. I wanted to be there. Well, Jason tried to be there out in history, just like Teddy did.”
The artifact is considered to be the most historic and important shotgun known to exist.