The town of Medora located in the western central part of North Dakota, was named after Medora von Hoffman, the wife of a prominent French nobleman and financier named Marquis de Mores. The Marquis de Mores was an influential figure in the founding of the town and played a significant role in the history of the region.
In the late 1800s, the Marquis de Mores established the town of Medora as a hub for his various business endeavors, which included ranching and meatpacking. He saw the potential of the region’s ranching industry and believed that he could create a successful meatpacking operation in the area.
Since we’ve been living full time in our RV, this is our second visit to this area. See the Hill City 9/2021 post for more information about the area from our first visit. The first time we were here for a week at the end of September. This time we stayed two weeks so we had a bit more time to just enjoy this beautiful area. We did a few familiar things along with some new ones. Sylvan Lake remains a favorite outdoor spot to visit and the Rafter J Bar Ranch RV Resort is our new favorite commercial RV park. The picture at the top of this post is of the view from our patio at site 161. We spent a lot of time just sitting and enjoying the view!
Rating: ⭐⭐ Location: Lusk, WY Type: Commercial Park Site Quality / Amenities: Roads and pads are gravel. There is a picnic table at each site and all sites are 50/30A with full hookups. Access: Easy access from US-18 west of Lusk. Staff: The owner checked us in and he was both helpful and talkative. He provided tips on getting gas and restaurants to try in town as well as a history of flooding in the area – they had been getting a lot of rain. Cellular/WiFi: Verizon was decent at about 6 Mbps download and 13 Mbps upload. AT&T was also about 6 Mbps download and 3.5 Mbps upload. Restaurants: We didn’t end up eating in town. Nearby parks: We drove by BJ’s Campground in town and confirmed that the sites there would have been too short for us. What we liked: We were not assigned a site so we were able to pick whatever site we chose. What we didn’t like: The sites do not angle to the road inside the park so we had to go across the grass area which was a bit scary given all the rain they had been getting but we didn’t sink in. Many of the sites had trees that encroached into the site. Overall the sites were barely long enough for us and the truck and the park roads were a bit tight to navigate. Verdict: We’d stay here again for an overnight. There’s not a lot to do in Lusk although they did have a museum in town. There were also several restaurants as well as options for fuel.
The story of Cheyenne and Wyoming in general begins with transportation. Long a route for settlers travelling west and later for the transcontinental railroads, both played a key role in the development of our country.
The depot building was completed in September of 1887 and finished with the addition of the clock in 1890. In 1922 it was expanded and in 2006 an additional building was added to provide elevator access to the second floor. Today it is a National Historic Landmark standing as a symbol to the resilience of both the building and of Cheyenne even as the era of steam trains declined.
Fort Collins was founded as a military outpost of the United States Army in 1864. Settlers began arriving in the vicinity of the fort almost immediately. The fort was decommissioned in 1867 but the area continued to grow and thrive. Today the city is the fourth most populous city in Colorado with a population of 169,810 at the 2020 census.
Situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, Fort Collins is located 56 miles north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. Fort Collins is a midsize college town, home to Colorado State University and Front Range Community College’s Larimer campus. Much of Fort Collins’s culture is centered around the students of Colorado State University. There is a local music circuit which is influenced by the college town atmosphere and Fort Collins is home to a number of well known microbreweries. The Downtown Business Association hosts a number of small and large festivals each year in the historic Downtown district. The Fort Collins Lincoln Center is home to the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and regularly attracts national touring companies of Broadway plays.