New exhibit highlights Theodore Roosevelt and SD sheriff and frontiersman Seth Bullock

MEDORA – A new exhibit highlighting the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and Seth Bullock is now open at the Chateau de Morès State Historic Site.

Visitors to the Interpretive Center can learn about the friendship in an exhibit developed by Mike Runge, city archivist for the City of Deadwood, South Dakota. Both Roosevelt, who later became president, and Bullock, sheriff, frontiersman, and prominent resident of Deadwood, led storied lives and remained in contact with each other throughout their careers. Upon Roosevelt’s death on Jan. 6, 1919, Bullock erected the Friendship Tower as a testament to the esteem they held for each other. Later that same year on Sept. 23, Bullock also passed away.

This exhibit is courtesy of the City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

New health and safety protocols are in place for staff and visitors. Buildings are open to a limited number of visitors at one time, heightened cleaning protocols are in place, and some “high touch” experiences are closed at this time. Visitors are asked to follow the CDC’s recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting state historic sites.

Chateau de Morès is a state historic site managed by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The Chateau de Morès site and Interpretive Center near Medora are open daily, 8:45 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. MT. Both are closed noon-1 p.m. for cleaning


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