North Dakota - Fall 2014 travel blog

Chateau de Mores at Merdora

The Little Missouri south of Medora

Looking at Medora from the top of the hill

The Theater for the musical


Our last full day in Medora, we discovered the Elkhorn Cafe in town for breakfast. Delightful lady owner and she got to telling us about all the "crazies" that visit in the summer. She said it was an unusually busy summer tourist season and there are nice tourists and there aren't! Great breakfast place? We then decided to tour the Chateau de Mores just outside of town. The Chateau was built by Marquis deMores (Antoine de Vallomborsa) a French nobleman in 1883 as the summer residence of the Marquis's family. This is a 26-room, two story frame building and looks like a ranch house more than a chateau. It is now a historic house museum and contains many of the original furnishings and personal effects of the de Mores family. Among the Marquis' enterprises were a beef packing plant, which you can still see a few remnants of, a stagecoach line, a freighting company, refrigerated railway cars, cattle and sheep raising, land ownership and a new town which he called Medora in honor of his wife.

We then went on up the hill to Burning Hills Amphitheatre where Medora Musical is performed nightly from June 6 through September 6. This is an outdoor amphitheatre that seats 2800+. This Musical is a look back at the "Wild West" days of the region. We missed this entertainment by about 12 days.

Upon returning to town we visited the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum. This Hall of Fame strives to preserve the history and promote the culture of North Dakota's Native American, ranching and rodeo communities by informing and educating people of all nations and cultures about the state's rich and colorful western heritage.

It was a great 5 days in this area and we really hated to leave, but knowing we will return.



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