Medora and the Badlands
My husband and I were fortunate enough to do some volunteer work in
the summer of 2002 in the tiny town of Medora, North Dakota. This
frontier town that was founded in 1883 by the Marquis de Mores is
nestled in the foothills of the North Dakota Badlands.
During the off season the population of Medora is less than 100 but
the town mushrooms during the summer months to accommodate a large
number of visitors. This Old West town contains only about six blocks
but it is lined with unique gift shops, restaurants, museums, homemade
ice cream parlors and a brand new children’s playground.
Our responsibilities were divided between being good will
ambassadors, (we worked the information booth during the day) and
helping with the fondue and the musical in the evenings.
There are many things to see and do while visiting Medora. You can
explore the past by taking a walking tour or see a reenactment of the
murder trial of the Marquis de Mores. Be sure and wave to Lyle, the
cowboy as he trots by on his horse. On Wednesdays take a ride in an
old-fashioned buggy. Daily at 4 o’clock you can experience the life of
Theodore Roosevelt by attending "Bully," a one act 45 minute
play. On weekends there are several comedy presentations. Another unique
experience is visiting the Chateau. It is a beautiful 26-room home that
once belonged to the Marquis and his wife.
While in the area visit the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which
is located on the western edge of the town.
Two "DON’T MISS" experiences are the pitch fork fondue
and the musical. The Pitchfork Fondue is a mouth watering eating
experience that takes place each evening at 6:30. Rib-eye steaks are
prepared on pitchforks and fondued Western-Style. It is unforgettable!!
Enjoy your "Best Steak Ever" served with a complete buffet,
great view of the Badlands and some western music.
After the fondue, attend the Medora Musical, which is a lively
production of singing, dancing, and comedy. This 2002 production was
recognized as an "American Bus Association Top 100 Event. Live
horses are also included and a portion of the show is dedicated to the
26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. The show is provided from
June 5 to September 1 at 8:30 MDT
Medora offers something for everyone--old and young.
information you can log on to www.medora.com
If you are traveling on interstate 94 take exit 27.