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

De Mores Packing Plant

 
 
De Mores Packing Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
1. De Mores Packing Plant Marker
Inscription.
was built on this site by the Marquis De Mores in 1883 to furnish dressed beef directly from the western ranges. It was successfully operated for several years, destroyed by fire 1907.
Exhibits on other side

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Site of the De Mores Packing Plant
The ruins on this site are all that remain of the meat packing establishment built by the Marquis de Mores, a French nobleman who came to the Badlands and founded the town of Medora in the spring of 1883. The packing plant was the nucleus of an extensive scheme to slaughter beef on the range and to provide facilities for refrigeration, transportation and marketing of dressed beef. The Medora Abattoir (French term for slaughterhouse) continued to operate until late in the fall of 1886. The lack of a constant supply of range cattle in prime condition for slaughtering prevented the operation of the plant year-round, and was a principal reason for the failure of this venture. A fire of unknown origin destroyed the plant on March 17, 1907. In 1936 Louis Vallombrosa, the Marquis’ eldest son, donated the site to the State of North Dakota with the State Historical Society as trustee.
 
Location. 46° 54.969′ N, 103° 31.747′ W. Marker is in Medora, North Dakota, in
De Mores Packing Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2014
2. De Mores Packing Plant Marker
Billings County. Marker is on Pacific Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medora ND 58645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dreams of a Cattle Empire (within shouting distance of this marker); Loading Dock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Western Trail (about 800 feet away); In honor of a President . . . and His Conservation Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboys (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joe Ferris General Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ralph “Doc” Hubbard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medora.
 
More about this marker. The reverse side of the marker contains a Plat of Medora, a Plan of the Packing Plant, and a picture of the De Mores Packing Plant.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Reverse Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
3. Reverse Side of Marker
De Mores Packing Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
4. De Mores Packing Plant Marker
Marker in Medora image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
5. Marker in Medora
Plan of the De Mores Packing Plant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
6. Plan of the De Mores Packing Plant
Ruins of the De Mores Packing Plant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
7. Ruins of the De Mores Packing Plant
The remains of the first slaughterhouse is seen here.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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