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After two decades of development, the north and south segments of the Maah Daah Hey Trail are joined together with a 2.5-mile segment leaving from Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. The connecting link is in some of the prettiest Badlands country and makes possible seamless passage from the original 100 miles of Maah Daah Hey Trail to the newer 50-mile stretch, called by some The Deuce. Read more →


Now that we are nearing our halfway mark of the Musical season… all of us Burning Hills Singers, Coal Diggers, and our hosts, Bill and Emily, have definitely found our preshow routines. When we arrive on the hill for warm-ups, we know what to expect and what is expected of us. This is a comforting feeling. It’s like going to work and knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it! Read more →

Former Burning Hills Singers and Musical Stage Crew members reunite in Medora, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical! The weekend will be highlighted by free concerts around town, an on-stage gathering during Saturday night’s Medora Musical, and a brunch meet and greet that offers the public the opportunity to mingle with cast and crew from the first half century of the Medora Musical. Take a look!

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The Second Annual Gathering of TR’s will be held in Medora July 17, 18, and 19. Tickets are just $10, and can be picked up at all ticketing locations in Medora. The day will be filled with performances, classes, and much more! Read on for all the details.

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(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, is proud to announce that Jared Mason, a former cast member of the Medora Musical, will be in Medora for daily concert engagements July 25 – July 31.

The solo concert will be a hot ticket in Medora. Mason – an award-winning recording artist, composer, and actor, most recently starred on Broadway as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony Award winning musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” – has promised a mix of original music, some Jerry Lee Lewis, a classic yodel, and a reprisal of two songs from his days in the Medora Musical that guests still request every year – “I Am Free” and “Joy.”

Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation President, Randy Hatzenbuhler said “Jared is one of the all-time favorites to have performed in Medora and is one of the most accomplished performers among our alumni.”

Mason was a Burning Hills Singer from 1993 to 1998 (then known as Jared Lillis) and then returned to the Medora Musical as Jared Mason to star on the keyboard in 2007.


Prior to boogying with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis every night in “Million Dollar Quartet,” Jared coaxed captivating rhythms out of everyday objects in the International Percussion Sensation, “STOMP.” His debut album, “She Believes in Me,” won album of the year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Jared is delighted to be returning to his favorite place in the west for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Medora Musical.

Hatzenbuhler said Mason will perform daily at the Old Town Hall at 1:00 pm MDT, July 25 to July 31. Seating is limited in the 150 seat historic theater and tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or at

Damon and I were especially thrilled to see Delanie on Anniversary night! She is of course, our fellow 2014 Medora Musical North Dakotan! Like any alumni of the Medora musical, it is exciting to introduce them to the current cast.

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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 →


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