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Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 06/14/2019
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This 26-room, two-story frame building was built in 1883 as the summer residence of the Marquis's family. The Chateau is now a historic house museum and contains many of the original furnishings and personal effects of the de Mores family.

3426 Chateau Rd
Medora , ND 58645
Phone: (701) 623-4355
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 47.032990
Lon: -103.644530

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 4
Evidence: 0
Resources: 9
Retrievals: 3793
Vistor Rating: 0.0
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The Marquis was a French aristocrat and entrepreneur who came to the Dakota badlands in 1883 to establish a new kind of cattle operation. He planned to slaughter and cold pack his cattle and ship it east in refrigerated rail cars. The slaughterhouse was built in the town which the Marquis founded and named for his wife, Medora Marie Von Hoffman. Medora was named for her aunt, the second wife of Samuel Cutler Ward. She was also the granddaughter of John Randolph Grymes and his wife Suzette Claiborne, who was also the third wife of Gov. William C.C. Claiborne. He built many structures in the town for those he employed in his operations, including St. Mary's Catholic Church. For three years the small town bustled, but in 1886 the operation collapsed due to drought, competition from meat packers back east, and the Marquis' own lack of business experience, and the plant was abandoned. The Marquis and his family returned to Europe, but left behind a small town rife with the flavor and romanticism of the American Old West.

The chateau was occupied seasonally by the family for only three years from 1883 to 1886. During the harsh winter months they would go to France, returning again in spring. After 1886 the Marquis visited the chateau twice, in 1887 and 1889, while Medora and their children visited only once more in 1903 after the Marquis' death, at which time she spent six weeks there.

From this time on the house was maintained by caretakers. They would ready the house for occupation in the spring but the family never returned. The eldest son gave the caretakers permission to operate the chateau as a boarding house in 1921. During this period the house suffered from theft and lack of maintenance.

The home and the land on which it sat was given to the state of North Dakota in 1936 on the condition that it be maintained and opened to the public. It was restored from 1937 to 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and again in 1995.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Once the home of Marquis de Mores and his wife Medora, the historic chateau is open for tours, but guests may see more than its original furnishings. The chateau is said to be haunted by a female apparition and some strange lights that come on when no one is in the building. Uneasy feelings and cold spots also have been reported by visitors.

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2789 06/14/2019 sdonley A female apparition has been spotted.
2790 06/14/2019 sdonley Strange lights come on when no one is in the building.
2791 06/14/2019 sdonley People have reported uneasy feelings.
2792 06/14/2019 sdonley People have reported cold spots.

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11 Most Haunted Places in North Dakota
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Chateau de Mores Interpretative Center
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Chateau de Mores
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Official North Dakota Travel & Tourism Guide
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Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
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Dickinson Western Edge webpage.
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Chateau De Mores State Historic Site | Medora North Dakota | Haunted Journeys
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Haunted Travels USA explores the Haunted Chateau De Mores State Historic Site in Medora North Dakota

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