The people of Medora, ND have spoken and the state will now repair a hole in the wall of one of its historic sites.
In April the North Dakota State Historical Society paid a contractor $66,000 to cut a 10 foot hole in the wall surrounding De Mores Memorial Park in Medora.
The work was done at the request of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, who for the last three years has done maintenance and improvements on the property for the state by mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and adding benches, so the area is more attractive to visitors.
The foundation felt a second entrance would make the area more accessible for caterers when events are held in the park.
However, residents in the town of a little more than 100 people submitted a petition to the historical society stating the hole had destroyed the integrity of the historic structure, which has been there since 1938.
In a unanimous vote this month the society board agreed to restore the wall to its original state.
Randy Hatzenbuhler president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation said:
“We are proud about how we have cared for the park over recent years and appreciate the positive feedback from the public about how the park has looked during that time. We understand and respect the decision of Historical Society Board to replace the wall and will continue to work to help more people, enjoy more of historic Medora”.
The State Historical Society has not announced a date for when the 10 foot section of the wall will be restored.