Medora, North Dakota, in the North Dakota Badlands and at the edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is North Dakota’s top tourist attraction. With a musical variety show, the national park, a golf course, and many shopping and eating choices, Medora has a lot to offer visitors.
The history of the area can be seen in several museums in town, and at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site on the edge of Medora.
The Chateau de Mores was the summer “cabin” of the Marquis de Mores and and his family. Its 26 rooms were built in 1883 and showcase many of the family’s original belongings. Among the Chateau’s famous frontier guests was Theodore Roosevelt, who frequented the Medora area.
The Marquis de Mores was instrumental in Medora’s history and economy. He built a packing plant, ran a stagecoach line and freighting company, owned land and raised animals, and founded the town of Medora, which he named after his wife.
Information about the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site:
Tours of the home are given daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the summer months; in the winter the interpretive center is open but tours of the chateau must be prearranged.
Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-15, and free for preschoolers.
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Linda (minnemom) vacationed with her children in North Dakota this summer, and Medora, including the Chateau de Mores, was one of their favorite stops. She writes about family travel at Travels with Children.