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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Medora Musical

For the past 51 years, the Medora Musical as we know it today has been entertaining audiences from across the country. The musical has come a long way since the original Old Four-Eyes show at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in 1958 and the production of Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again – A Medora Musical in 1965. So how did the original show compare to the one we all know and love today?

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Tales of Medora: How the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Began

Tales of Medora: How the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Began

Medora is a town full of fun and beauty — and nothing accentuates that beauty more than the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In this “Tale of Medora,” we explore what went into the creation of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. From the political leg-work to the final celebration; there is a whole story behind the creation of the TRNP and it’s fascinating! The following is an excerpt taken from Rolf Sletten’s book, “Medora: Boom, Bust, and Resurrection.” Enjoy!

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Gathering of TR’s Two – Schedule of Events

Gathering of TR’s Two – Schedule of Events

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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Tales of Medora – Where did the Marquis & Marquise go After Medora

Tales of Medora – Where did the Marquis & Marquise go After Medora

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 »

Tales of Medora – Teddy Roosevelt & the Gunslinger

Tales of Medora – Teddy Roosevelt & the Gunslinger

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 »

10 things you didn’t know about Medora, the wife of the Marquis De Mores

10 things you didn’t know about Medora, the wife of the Marquis De Mores

Medora Vallombrosa (1856 to 1921) was the wife the French Aristocrat, Marquis de  Mores. They were married in Cannes, France and lived in New York and Paris. Her and the Marquis summered and hunted in these very Badlands and eventually lived here for a time. You know our town is named after Medora, but here are ten things you may not know about our towns namesake.

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10 things you didn’t know about the Marquis De Mores

10 things you didn’t know about the Marquis De Mores

The Marquis De Mores, whose real name was Antoine Amedee-Marie-Vincent-Amat Manca de Vallombrosa, came to Little Missouri County in March of 1883. His master plan for the area was to build a meat packing plant and then ship his processed beef on refrigerated cars to the east coast; essentially cutting out the middle men. Through this, and many of his other exploits, the Marquis left and indelible impression on the history of this area. Here are ten things you may not know about the Marquis De Mores.

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Medora to Host First Ever Meeting of Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors

Medora to Host First Ever Meeting of  Theodore Roosevelt Re-enactors

Six “Teddies” and one Mrs. Roosevelt to be featured in performances throughout the day, Wednesday, August 6.

(MEDORA, ND) – The actor James Whitmore portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in the play “Bully!” on Broadway. Actors Brian Keith, Tom Berenger, and Robin Williams have played TR in film. North Dakota humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson has rivaled his own Thomas Jefferson with his version of TR.

Medora, North Dakota, is one of the many places where an actor or re-enactor has been known to portray Teddy Roosevelt, so it is more than fitting that Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are playing host to the first ever “Gathering of TR’s”, a performance review and conference featuring six Theodore Roosevelts and one Edith Roosevelt, TR’s second wife and First Lady of the Nation. The gathering is slated for Wednesday, August 6, Mrs. Roosevelt’s 153rd birthday.

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Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Keeping Teddy’s words alive: Wiegand agrees to perform in Medora through at least 2015

Story originally published by The Dickinson Press, 9/3/2013
By: Bryan Horwath

Desiring to move on professionally and get out of the political arena, Joe Wiegand’s career took an ironic turn: It ascended him to the White House.

Now then, we know the current U.S. president is Barack Obama and that nobody named Joe Wiegand has ever actually served as commander-in-chief, but, during the early years of the 20th century, a man named Theodore Roosevelt did serve as president and six days per week every summer, Wiegand channels his inner bully to perform as America’s 26th president in Medora.

Joe Wiegand as Theodore Roosevelt

On Monday, Wiegand donned his black three-piece suit and top hat during one of the final hot days of the summer of 2013 as he delighted close to 40 spectators at the Old Town Hall Theater with his performance “A Theodore Roosevelt Salute to Medora.” READ MORE »

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

1. Experience the greatest show in the West: the Medora Musical!  You’re sure to have a toe-tapping time at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre as you enjoy our wide variety of country and western music and the amazing talents of our performers.
2. Where else can you enjoy meat that has been prepared on a pitchfork and accompanied by the greatest side dishes in the west and a great view of the Badlands? Enjoy the Pitchfork Steak Fondue when you visit Medora!
3. It was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt.  And that was before it had indoor plumbing! READ MORE »