Medora Tourist Attractions
Located in the rolling country side of North Dakota, Medora's history dates back to the late 19th Century when the town was founded. Theodore Roosevelt owned two large cattle ranches near Medora before he became President.Some of the local attractions in Medora include the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Museum of the Badlands, and the Medora Musical. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is also located nearby.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
A visit to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park will provide a lasting impression of this landscape, described as a "hell without fire". It consists of three parts: North Unit, South Unit and Little Missouri National Grasslands. For a brief visit, Scenic Drive will take you to Painted Canyon Overlook, from where there is a good view. Both the badlands and the park can be reached via Medora.
De Mores State Historic Site
The Château De Mores State Historic Site in Medora provides a glimpse of an entrepreneurial scheme from the late 19th Century. Hitting upon the innovative idea of refrigerated rail cars, the French aristocrat Marquis de Mores started a slaughter and shipping business on the present site. Poor quality of animals and the competition from Chicago meat packing houses eventually caused the scheme to fail. The Château De Mores State Historic Site consists of three sections: The Château De Mores, Chimney Park, and de Mores Memorial Park.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame
Be sure to stop in at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora. This fantastic attraction is chock full of interesting displays all related to the life of cowboys, Indians, and life in the Great West in general. Renowned architect Arnie Hanson designed this facility and the attraction boasts of 15,000 square feet of display space, a 5,000 square foot patio, a 45-seat theater, and a gift shop. The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame runs an active event program, be sure to check in with the box office to see what's happening when you will be in town.
Medora Doll House
The Marquis de Mores built the Medora Doll House and it is located in the town of Medora. Originally constructed in 1884, the Medora Doll House was intended to be a cottage for his in-laws. Inside visitors will find a number of antique dolls in a variety of displays. The Medora Doll House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A gift shop is on the premises for those visitors wishing to take home a memento.
The Medora Musical is an entertaining musical performance held outdoors at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. The show offers a variety of themes to amuse groups with different tastes, including everything from gospel music to country music performances. There is also a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt.If you are traveling through Medora the Medora Musical is a great way to spend an evening.
Museum of the Badlands
The Museum of the Badlands, located in Medora, is well known for its collection of Native American artifacts. Reputed to be the largest collection in the Midwest, the collection is wide and varied. Also on display are fascinating dioramas of life in the Badlands along with an interesting collection of wax figurines illustrating life in the 18th Century.
Burning Hills Amphitheatre
The Burning Hills Amphitheatre in Medora provides a unique outdoor performance area for summer productions. The musical is a western that includes a look at Theodore Roosevelt. The Medora Musical at Burning Hills Amphitheatre requires advance reservations.