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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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  • 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 »
  • If you get a chance, visit Medora the weekend after Labor Day, the hustle and bustle is gone, the rates for motels are less and this little town welcomes you like none other. The Chateau is one of our...  more »
  • Great stop for those interested in architecture and design mixed with history and intrigue. Quick stop in Medora but stayed our departure in order to take in this gem. Not our first time through it an...  more »
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  • Fun Go every year
  • Loved the tour.