Medora, North Dakota is the leading tourist attraction in the state, so perhaps it’s apropos the population is only 112. This is the biggest, most diverse little town you’ll ever visit — the hotel rooms outnumber the bedrooms in this town, and the streets are chock full — complete with antique and gift shops, saloons, museums, wildlife, scenery… the list is endless. But don’t expect the typical, there’s not a McDonalds or any other franchise joint for miles.
Medora is the epicenter of North Dakota Old West lore, boasting historic figures from Theodore Roosevelt, who came to Medora in 1883 to hunt bison, to General Custer, who spent some of his final days here. Painted Canyon is just down the Interstate. The badlands scenery in Medora is incredible, and there’s a little something for everyone, from the musical to the pitchfork steak fondue. There’s another gallery of badlands photos here. We will likely visit many more times, because there is waaaayyyy more to see.
Theodore Roosevelt once rented the room upstairs.
Board sidewalks in Medora.
Marquis de Mores
Medora is the kind of place where the streets make way for the trees.
This is Medora in the morning. The sun had just broken over the bluffs on the left and illuminated the town in the trees below. The smokestack for the old meat-packing plant can be seen on the right.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC