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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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  • August 12, 2017
    We loved this home, mostly kept in tact by the family and historical society. Also we were lucky enough to see 'the Marquis' the day we were there. He came out and gave us so much information about hi...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Really enjoyed the history in this home. 95% of the furnishings etc are the originals. The wife left the home and never came back. Someone was hired for 50 years just to care for the home.  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    I have fond memories of visiting this site when I was a child. Unfortunately, that will not continue after today. The first two guides we met in the house were professional and one seemed very knowled...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • February 12, 2017
    Love the museum. I find the house vary interesting. You can see how simple people lived back then.
  • October 13, 2016
    Fun Go every year
  • May 30, 2016
    Loved the tour.

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