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Medora in Billings County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Beef Corral Bottom

 
 
Beef Corral Bottom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
1. Beef Corral Bottom Marker
Inscription.
In the era of the open range cattle industry of the late 1800ís, ranchers would work together to round up their free-ranging cattle in the spring and fall. During roundups the cattle would be driven to a wide river bottom like this one, where they could be worked and sorted.

Locally called “Beef Corral Bottom,” this area was reportedly the site of a large corral constructed in 1880 for the operations of the Marquis de Mores. The corral may have been a holding place for cattle destined for the Marquisís slaughterhouse in Medora.

Disturbed land such as this provides an ideal location for the establishment of a prairie dog town. The low growing vegetation is preferred by prairie dogs, which depend on the “many eyes” and vocalizations of the colony to escape predators.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 46° 58.709′ N, 103° 29.514′ W. Marker is in Medora, North Dakota, in Billings County. Marker is on E River Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Medora ND 58645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured
Beef Corral Bottom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
2. Beef Corral Bottom Marker
as the crow flies. Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building From Hard Times (approx. 0.9 miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 2.1 miles away); River Woodland (approx. 3 miles away); The Shooting of Riley Luffsey (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic Medora (approx. 4.4 miles away); In honor of a President . . . and His Conservation Legacy (approx. 4.6 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Medora.
 
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Marker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
3. Marker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Prairie Dog at Beef Corral Bottom image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
4. Prairie Dog at Beef Corral Bottom
The Beef Corral Bottom is now the site of an extensive prairie dog town.
Bison at the Beef Corral Bottom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 3, 2015
5. Bison at the Beef Corral Bottom Marker
In addition to prairie dogs, the site of the former Beef Corral Bottom is excellent habitat for bison.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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