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Chateau de Mores, Medora

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The Chateau de Mores in Medora, North Dakota, United States, is a historic home built by the Marquis de Mores in 1883 as a hunting lodge and summer home for his family and guests. The home is now part of the 128acre Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, which also includes Chimney Park and de Mores Memorial Park.HistoryThe Marquis was a French aristocrat and entrepreneur who came to the Dakota badlands in 1883 to establish a new kind of cattle operation. He planned to slaughter and cold pack his cattle and ship it east in refrigerated rail cars. The slaughterhouse was built in the town which the Marquis founded and named for his wife, Medora. He built many structures in the town for those he employed in his operations, including St. Mary's Catholic Church. For three years the small town bustled, but in 1886 the operation collapsed due to drought, competition from meat packers back east, and the Marquis' own lack of business experience and the plant was abandoned. The Marquis and his family returned to Europe, but left behind a small town rife with the flavor and romanticism of the American Old West.
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  • What makes the Chateau de Mores great is the people that are there. Really enjoyed the history and the beauty!  more »
  • We greatly enjoyed our tour of the Chateau de Mores. The visitor center had very interesting exhibits on the Marquis and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Our guide let us walk through the chateau at o...  more »
  • Plenty of history in a nice condensed movie and two interesting exhibits. It was a great introduction to the birth of the town of Medora. The Ch√Ęteau was actually not available to tour in the fall sea...  more »
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  • Had a great time vising this place, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Reasonably priced for all that you see. Most of the items are original from the time period which is neat to see. Highly recommend.
  • Love the museum. I find the house vary interesting. You can see how simple people lived back then.
  • Fun Go every year
  • Loved the tour.