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Onward, Mississippi: Birthplace of the Teddy Bear

A marker pays tribute to a 1902 hunt on which President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear cub chained to a tree; the story spawned the cuddly children's "Teddy Bear." A neighboring store sells souvenirs.

Onward Store

US Hwy 61, Onward, MS
Onward Store. On the west side of US Hwy 61 just south of Hwy 1.
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Birthplace of the Teddy Bear

The store is open again with a small, pleasant restaurant in the back.

[Catharine Kristian, 08/30/2022]

The store sold souvenir Teddy Bears before it closed in 2019. Hope the new owners have stocked more Bears.

Onward Store

The Onward Store is closed and for sale.

[Judy, 10/25/2019]

The Onward Store sold "Onward Teddys," which paid tribute to a local bear that Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot in 1902. A nearby historical marker still calls attention to the historic bear-sparing spot.

Birthplace of the Teddy Bear.

Birthplace of the Teddy Bear

So poignant to be at the place where the Teddy Bear was founded, and plenty of photos to be had at the store and of the signs. What was disappointing was inside the Onward Store: not enough Teddy Bears. A marketing opportunity lost.

[Carolyn Earle, 02/28/2015]
Birthplace of the Teddy Bear

This place has been recently remodeled and is a fabulous restaurant. Low end lunches and high end dinners.

[Nolen, 06/13/2013]

Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt.

Birthplace of the Teddy Bear

A historical marker stands near the the spot where, on a bear hunt in 1902, Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a captured bear, leading to the creation of the "Teddy Bear." Even more interesting, the Onward Store does not stock a single example of Teddy Bear souvenirs, clearly missing a huge marketing opportunity!

[Dale Divers, 09/12/2010]
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