North Dakota is the 49th state I have been in! In my 49th state, we went to Medora, where we saw the Chateau de Mores. It’s a 26-room hunting cabin from the Victorian Era West that belonged to Marquis de Mores. He wanted to be the richest financier in the world by sending packaged meat in refrigerated train cars. His first step was to build right by the railroad that led east to the Chicago stockyards.
He named the six-square mile land he built upon Medora, after his wife. It went though several economic booms and busts over the years, but now it is home to historic landmarks and small businesses. While we were there, we went to a restaurant there and got buffalo burgers and I got sarsaparilla, a type of root beer. It was really good. We then went to the old slaughterhouse of Marquis de Mores, which was almost all rubble except for a chimney. After we took our pictures, we headed to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It was a long drive, but we saw thousands of prairie dog mounds in the prairie dog “towns.”
We also saw deer, horses, and a lot more sage. I saw a group of some sort of animal on the way in, but I didn’t know what they were. On the drive on the trail, we saw lots of pretty scenery, then the trail circled back. It turned out that the animal herd I saw before was a herd of buffalo! We took our pictures and left the park to start on our journey home.
Now, the only state I have left to visit is Hawaii! I don’t know when I’ll get there, though. My mom started planning a trip for the Upper Mississippi River when we were headed through Minnesota, since it starts in Lake Itasca. Geez! We just finished this one, and she’s already thinking about the next one!