Chateau de Mores, Medora, North Dakota

On our road trip this summer we drove through Medora, located in the Badlands of western North Dakota in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is a rugged but beautiful area. We stopped and visited the historic site of the Chateau de Mores.

Chateau de Mores in Medora, ND, built in just 3 months in 1883.

Chateau de Mores in Medora, ND, built in just 3 months in 1883.

The Marquis de Mores was a French nobleman who came to N.D. in the late 1800’s to start a meat-packing business. He and his wife (Medora) were avid hunters and riders and he had this large house built for her. It was simple by their standards, but to the people of the area the house was grand, and they nicknamed it the “Chateau”. The family stayed for about 3 years – the business was not successful, but the house remains as a historical site. You can learn more here. Continue reading