While national prohibition didn't start until 1920, North Dakota enacted prohibition in the state beginning in 1889. This posed an issue for bar owners and distributors that relied on alcohol to make a living. Many found a way around prohibition by illegally manufacturing and distributing alcohol - but it wasn't an easy task. Rumors had … Continue reading Bootleggers and Rum Runners – the Hidden Prohibition Tunnels in Minot, North Dakota
After a brief hiatus from Fargo, it looks like Frontier Airlines just couldn't quit us because they're back! Right now they're only offering direct flights to Denver, but it's a start!
Hands down the most impressive sight in all of North Dakota is the famous Painted Canyon. With a well-kept rest area and visitors center right off I94 and just a few miles from Medora, the overlook lets you gaze at thousands of acres of wild terrain. Because the land is completely unsettled and untouched by man, you'll frequently see herds of Bison roam throughout the area, searching for their next meal or drink of water.
Step into the Roughriders Inn in Medora and you’ll soon find yourself in the middle of Teddy Roosevelt’s library, equipped with filled rustic bookcases, a warm fireplace, and chandeliers hanging overhead. While the rooms aren’t the lowest price in town, you’ll understand why as soon as you slide in your key card and open the door. From the relaxing colors on the walls, to the detailed touches like a Teddy Roosevelt bear and picture history book of Medora, you’ll want to spend as much time possible in your room.
Finally after nearly 15 years of living in the state (or very close there to), I went to the Medora Musical. My first take-away – it’s not really a musical! It should promptly be renamed the Medora Variety Show. You could even call it the Medora Variety Show (Includes Music!!!) in case anyone gets confused during the transition. This year’s show was a medley of songs, with a comedian thrown in the middle, about the heroes of North Dakota. We heard about more modern heroes like Carsen Wentz, former quarterback for the North Dakota State Bison who is currently the starting QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.
If there’s one thing you have to do while in Jamestown, it’s stop at the World’s Largest Buffalo. Standing at 26 feet tall and 46 feet long, you’ll be dwarfed as you stand under the monument. It’s a fun photo op of a unique roadside oddity but actually offers much more.
In a couple minutes, we were in downtown Jamestown and stopped at the Wonder Bar. This place truly was a wonder. I could have spent a week in there and probably would have still be spotting mystical oddities perched on the wall. In the world of dive bars, this place is a gem.