Medora in Billings County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Bob Roberts had operated The Senate Billiard and Pool Hall in Little Missouri. Later he joined many of his fellow business owners across the river in Medora. An April 1884 edition of The Bad Lands Cow Boy reported the contract for construction of the new business was awarded to Thomas McClung and construction would begin almost immediately.
The new business near the Hotel de Mores in full view of the railroad had a prime location. When contractors arrived later that month, construction moved along rapidly.
In May, the newspaper announced the building reached its full size: 24-feet by 75-feet and over 26-feet high with 12-feet clear interior ceiling heights, a large building for its time. The Bad Lands Cow Boy further reported that the interior had a “hard finish with a thickness of brown paper and clapboarding on the outside which would make for a very warm and substantial building.”
The cost of building Roberts Hall was advertised at “well over $4,500.” The floors were pine. The walls had three coats of plaster, the last with a luster.
The main floor contained a bar room and two clubrooms, which led to a hall extending to the rear. The upper floor featured a large hall with a movable stage and two dressing rooms.
Roberts Hall also housed a bowling alley, a roller
(Marker Number 23.)
Location. 46° 54.835′ N, 103° 31.489′ W. Marker is in Medora, North Dakota, in Billings County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is located in a small park next to the Old Town Hall Theater. 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. Medora Town Hall (here, next to this marker); The President Returns (here, next to this marker); Margaret Roberts (within shouting distance of this marker); Medora Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Medora Depot & Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); De Mores (within shouting distance of this marker); Custer Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hunting and Trapping (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medora.
More about this marker. A photograph at the bottom of the marker has a caption of “Billings County offices were located in Roberts Hall at one time.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.