|Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, near Medora, North Dakota|
The Chateau de Mores is one of the premiere sites of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and, if you've not been there, I attest that it is well worth it. I've been many times and, a self-confessed history nerd, I always enjoy my visits.
Working at the Visitor Center was our friend, the inimitable Karen Nelson, and it is always a treat to see her smiling face. Karen has extensively researched the life of Medora, the Marquess, and she portrays Medora for the "History Alive!" programs.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a US public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942, for unemployed young men, as part of the federal government's New Deal program. The CCC built many wonderful structures all around the country, including the Rhame School gymnasium where I played girl's basketball as a kid. My uncle Paul Pender was in the CCC thus I've heard first-hand stories of those days.
The exhibits, photographs, and artifacts focus primarily on the CCC in ND. The sandstone structures in Theodore Roosevelt National Park are a wonderful example of the CCC's work and there was a CCC camp within what is now the South Unit. The SHSND worked in collaboration with the NPS for this exhibit.
|Einar Olstad created this and other iron sculptures. This one adorned the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Entrance, affixed to the sandstone blocks|
|Remember, I have a love affair with sandstone|
|The original entrance station to the Chateau de Mores|
|The Von Hoffman House, built by Medora's parents and beautifully restored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation|
|The abattoir smokestack|
|Iconic Cottonwood tree -- found all along the Little Missouri River|
|The town of Medora, founded by the Marquis|
|Don't you just think about your grandma when you see these flowers?|