I’d like to share with you one of America’s best-kept secrets. During this past summer I had the opportunity to perform my archery act in a little town called Medora in North Dakota, located not far from the Little Missouri River in the heart of the Dakota Badlands. This small, historically preserved town, with a population of a mere 92, is probably virtually unknown to anyone living in New York or L.A., Dallas or Detroit, or even Memphis or Miami. If, however, your domicile is anywhere in the bordering states of Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming or even Saskatchewan or Manitoba, Canada, then the very mention of Medora, North Dakota, conjures up visions of America’s past when the spirited settlers from the east set out across uncharted lands on their journey westward, passing through the often hostile badlands of the Dakotas.
It was the strategic location of the Dakota Badlands that, in 1883, attracted the French nobleman the Marquis de Mores, whose vision of creating a great meat-packing empire drew him to the area. He believed that slaughtering beef on the range was more expedient than shipping live cattle to distant slaughtering houses. The Badlands were chosen because of the abundance of range grasses, a reliable source of water from the Little Missouri River and ready access to the Northern Pacific Railroad. Arriving with his young bride, Medora, in the spring of 1883, the 25-year-old nobleman founded the town of Medora, which he named after his attractive wife.
The pristine beauty of the surrounding area and its unique topography soon attracted Theodore Roosevelt, who later became the 26th president of the United States. Though originally motivated by an abundance of wild game, Roosevelt–a hunting enthusiast–later became involved in the cattle business and established the Maltese Cross Ranch and the Elkhorn Cattle Ranch, 35 miles north of Medora. An active outdoorsman and big-game hunter, Roosevelt spent much of his leisure time hunting deer and elk in the untouched wilderness that surrounded the town. Visit http://besthuntingcenter.com/best-trail-game-camera-reviews/ to choose right trail camera and hunting gears.
On April 25, 1947, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park was established on the outskirts of Medora, and it now stands as a living monument honoring the late conservation-minded president. In 1958, the Burning Hills Amphitheatre was constructed within a mile of the town, and each year thereafter an outdoor musical with a Theodore Roosevelt theme has been enacted nightly from mid-June through Labor Day weekend. This unique musical has continued to gain in popularity, and it now draws hundreds of thousands of people from the bordering states and Canada. Continue reading