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We’ve done it! We’ve resurrected A.T. Packard’s beloved, “Bad Lands Cow Boy News Paper.” Inside, you’ll find historical accounts of Medora’s past, as well as present and future goings-on.  You can pick up your copy of the paper at locations all around town. Read on for an exclusive article!

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A Prominent Panel of Dignitaries from North Dakota and the Medora Musical to Open the 50th Anniversary Date on Wednesday, one of the Show’s Popular “Kids Days”


(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, alongside StageWest Entertainment and with the July-first 50th Anniversary show date of the Medora Musical fast approaching, is proud to announce the special list of speakers for the Medora Musical 50th Anniversary Pre-Show.

This commemorative pre-show will take place at 7:20pm MDT, on the stage of the Medora Musical, just prior to that evening’s show.

Several dignitaries special to the Medora Musical and the State of North Dakota will share brief stories and comments about the occasion. The speakers are. Read more →

You see the Burning Hills Singers on stage, but have you ever wondered what they do to get ready for the Show? In this blog, Grand Forks North Dakota native, Misti Koop, tells you what it takes to get ready for, “The Greatest Show in the West!” Enter Misti…

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The Marquis De Mores returned to France, where he became heavily embroiled in the intrigues of French politics. He ran for the Paris City Council, became a rabid anti-Semite, became involved in a plot to overthrow the French government, tried to organize a railroad in Indo-China, and concocted a grandiose scheme to unite all of Islam against England and the Jews.

In 1896, he went to Libya with a plan to stir up the Arabs against the English advances into Africa. On the morning of June 9, 1896, he was ambushed, shot, and killed in the Sahara Desert by a group of Touareg tribesman. The Marquise insisted the Touaregs were hired by his political enemies, but it is possible that they simply killed him for the gold he was carrying. Had he lived five more days, he would have been thirty-eight years old. Read more →

In early 1884, crime was an appalling problem in Medora. Theodore Roosevelt had not yet become sufficiently entrenched to exert any political muscle in the Badlands, and the Marquis seemed to accept most of the wild goings-ons as a fact of life in the west. It was left to A.T Packard, owner of The Badlands Cow Boy, to champion the cause of law and order. When an effort to organize Billings County went down in defeat, leaving the outlaw majority free to ride roughshod over whomever they pleased, Packard called for a “mass meeting” to try to curb the lawlessness. At this meeting Packard was declared the first chief of police of the city of Medora, a position he took very seriously. Read more →

Thanks to all of our 2015 Medora Bully Run racers. We hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to see you again next year! Read on to see the results.

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The town of Medora has lived a vibrant life. Our new series of blogs entitled, “Tales of Medora”, will take you back to a time when Medora was populated with cowboys and outlaws. We’ll highlight excerpts from Rolf Sletten’s book, “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection”, to give you a clearer picture of what Medora was like before Harold Schafer resurrected it.

The characters are real, the stories true, and the history, incredible! Let’s begin. Enter, Joe Ferris… Read more →

Quick! When does the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical start? Many of you would say June 5 – and you’d be right. But ask Erica Zaffarano, the Medora Musical Set Designer, and she’ll give you a much earlier date.

“We start consulting with the Foundation in the first week of January. Once we get on site, roughly by the end of May, we usually stay till three or four days after opening night of the Musical.”

Our Stage Crew is amazing. See them in action, in the photos below.


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Hey y’all! The 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical starts so soon we can almost hear the cloggers! Opening weekend kicks off June 5 with the first performance of this year’s Medora Musical!

Rehearsals are in full swing. Song and dance numbers are melding together, and the on-stage banter of Emily Walter and Bill Sorensen is just getting started. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of rehearsal for “The Greatest Show in the West”!


The “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter. Look at that 1,000 watt smile! Read more →

The public and media are invited to attend this pre-season showing of the Burning Hills Singers and the Co-hosts of the Medora Musical on May 18

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and West Acres Mall are excited to announce that the cast of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical will perform:

May 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The West Acres Mall – food court
3902 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103

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