LaMoure Tourism - Things to See and Do
Photo courtesy of Leah Meisch Photography
Whether you enjoy spending time outdoors or touring sights, we have plenty available in our 'neck of the woods'. The LaMoure area has a variety to offer, from our beautiful lake and parks to tours of the Toy Farmer Museum and Hutterian Brethern Colonies. Also in LaMoure you can tour our County Courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places. The LaMoure County Memorial Park, a short drive from LaMoure, located south of Grand Rapids, is filled with many things to do and see. Fort Ransom and Fullerton are also two communities in our area that have unique touring.
LaMoure, a community with a friendly, small-town atmosphere where everybody knows your name, is nestled in a cup-like valley of the James River along Highway 13. We have many a variety of fun places to see and things to do.
Lake LaMoure, sheltered with a variety of evergreen trees, is located 5 miles south of LaMoure. Four seasons of fun can be found here. In the spring, the waters are great for fishing. In the summer, the lake comes alive with boats, jet skis, fishermen and swimmers. Fall is beautiful on the lake with the changing colors. Anglers enjoy ice fishing in the winter months. A public boat ramp and campground with electric hook-ups are available.
James River Damsite Park
Located on the southwest side of town along the James River is the James River Damsite Park. Take a minute to relax and enjoy a picnic in the secluded picnic shelter overlooking the James River. Many days you can find pelicans floating on the river. This is a popular area for fishing in both summer and winter.
Sunset Park, located on the northwest edge of LaMoure, is the location of many community events. It offers many picnic shelters, modern playgound equipment, swimming pool, and modern bathroom facilities. The park is located right next to the Leroy Good Softball Complex.
Toy Farmer Museum
This museum is located four miles east and two miles south of LaMoure. This museum is in a restored barn which was built in 1914. The museum houses display cases with many collectibles, Lowell Davis' sculptured barns and farming scenes, among many other displays. For more information visit Toy Farmer or call 1-800-533-8293. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM. Free admission.
LaMoure County Courthouse
The county seat was first located in Grand Rapids, which was the only town in the county, and for that reason designated the county seat. In the 1886 general election a vote was taken and LaMoure was declared the county seat. Grand Rapids citizens would not recognize the decision, claiming bribery and illegal voting.
There was a story told of the stealing of the records from the court house, by LaMoure men, in the dead of the night, taking them back to LaMoure and then having to return them to Grand Rapids until a court hearing was held. In the end, the records were returned to LaMoure. Thus ended a colorful episode in county history. (A detailed account of the incident is given in "In the Valley of the Jim," by Laura B. Sanderson found in the LaMoure History Book.)
In 1910, the county offices moved into the courthouse that we still use today. Architects, Buechner and Orth from St. Paul, MN, drew up the plans and specifications and R.K. Hafsos from Aberdeen, SD, did the building for $100,000. The architects firm designed 19 court houses in WI, MN, SD, & ND between 1904 and 1919, in the Beaux Arts Neo-Classical design. On November 25, 1980, all 13 of their court houses in ND were named to the National Register of Historical Places.
The city of LaMoure is proud of this stately landmark that dominates the beautiful view of the valley as one approaches from the north, east, south, or west.
LaMoure County Memorial Park
Located 5 miles north of Grand Rapids, nestled in the James River Valley, you will find the LaMoure County Memorial Park. The Park features many attractions, including being the home of the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater. In addition, you can enjoy the county museum, camping and picnicing facilities, playground area, tennis cours, and ball diamonds. Neighboring the park you will find one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the area. The park is open May 15 - September 15 with gates open from 7:00AM-10:00PM (or 1 hour after the Summer Musical theater performance)
LaMoure County Museum
The LaMoure County Museum is a historical building purchased in 1981 to house and display the memorabilia and historical artifacts of this area. Items have been donated by local and other interested people.
An old country school house was also restored in 1997 and an additional building was constructed to house the many other agriculture related items that have been donated through the years.
The museum is open on weekends and on days of the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater productions from Memorial Day through Labor Day and other days by appointment. Contact the park superintendent at 701-883-5856 to make an appointment.
LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater
Beyond a lovely ravine in the LaMoure County Memorial Park is the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater. The theater entertains people with live performances throughout the summer months. The casting for these plays are from our area's local talent. Taking in a theater performance at the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater is an experience everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy at least once! For further information, visit their website directly at http://lcsmt.com/.
Fort Ransom is considered 'The Best Kept Secret in North Dakota'. Located just a jot and a half Northeast of LaMoure in the Sheyenne River Valley, this peaceful little community has a lot to offer. Enjoy hiking, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. For more information on Fort Ransom, contact their tourist hotline at 701-973-4811. If you would like to contact the Bears Den Mountain ski area you can contact them at 701-973-2711.
Near the community of Fort Ransom is the Fort Ransom State Park, an 887 acre park which is managed as a natural and scenic area. The park land is partially wooded and the remainder is upland prairie and grassland. Take a moment and visit Fort Ransom State Park located at http://www.ndparks.com/Parks/FRSP.htm.
Carroll House - More History
The Carroll House has been recognized nationally as a Historical Landmark, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in March, 1994. It was also featured in the publication,"America Restored", a book that includes two sites from every state plus the District of Columbia. This book, as well as the Fullerton Centennial Book, may be seen at the Carroll House. The Fullerton Centennial Book includes a more detailed history of the Carroll House, as well as Mr. Sweet and Fullerton.
The Carroll House operates as a hotel with rooms available for rent at $40.00 a night. The entire hotel is available for rent for $280.00 a night. Families have been able to enjoy this for reunions, birthday parties, receptions, open houses, etc. The ballroom has been restored to ballroom capacity and this room also rents for $50.00 a night.
For room reservations & tours, call JoAnne Craig at 701-375-6362.