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The Rough Riders Hotel

The Rough Riders Hotel

Medora, North Dakota

Medora is located in and the county seat of Billings County, North Dakota. It is a very small town of only about 100 people.

The community of Medora was founded in 1883 by Marquis de Mores who named the city after his wife Medora von Hoffman. Marquis de Mores built a meat packing plant in Medora where he shipped refrigerated meat to Chicago via the railroad. The Chateau de Mores, another haunted location in Medora was built by this man.

Rough Riders Hotel Information:

The Rough Riders Hotel was built in 1884 and 1885 by George Fitzgerald. The new hotel was originally named the Metropolitan in anticipation of a population growth that never really happened. In 1903, the name was changed to the Rough Riders Hotel in honor of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and their service in the Spanish-American War.

The Rough Riders Hotel has been operated by several different families over the years. It functions as both a bar and a restaurant.

The Rough Riders Hotel was renovated in 1965 and again in 2009.

Ghosts and the Paranormal at The Rough Rider Hotel:

The top floor of the Rough Rider Hotel is purportedly haunted by the ghost of a young boy. Visitors to the Rough Rider Hotel report hearing disembodied laughter. Toilets are said to flush without explanation when no one is in the room.


Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (2008). Medora: Rough Rider Hotel. Retrieved March 11, 2011 from

Wikipedia (2011). Medora, North Dakota. Retrieved March 11, 2011 from,_North_Dakota

The Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from dakota.htm

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