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Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota Hall of Fame -- State Capitol Grounds, Bismarck ND
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 46° 49.223 W 100° 46.966
14T E 364011 N 5186747
Quick Description: North Dakotans who made a lasting impact in their fields are enshrined on the first floor of the Capitol in this small Hall of Fame.
Location: North Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 1/21/2014 3:38:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMJZDC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Long Description:
Blasterz had a great time visiting the ND Hall of Fame, a quirky exhibit in the first floor of the Capitol Building.

What do President Theodore Roosevelt, newsman Eric Severeid, "Little Rock Nine" Judge Ronald Davies, "Police Woman" actress Angie Dickinson, and the maker of "Mr Bubble" bubblebath Harold Schafer have in common? They are all here!

No offense to any of the very worthy enshrinees here, but Blasterz fave is Judge Davies -- see more about him here: (visit link)

Our photos are a little fuzzy because flash photography is not allowed.

From Roadside America, a somewhat snarky piece on this cute Hall of fame: (visit link)

Bismarck, North Dakota

Bismarck has to be the sleepiest, lowest-key political city in America. The capitol mall is surrounded by quiet suburban homes. The state capitol building -- "The Skyscraper of the Prairie" -- is the tallest in North Dakota, all 19 stories of it.

The North Dakota Hall of Fame occupies a long hallway on the capitol's ground floor. The Hall wasn't begun until 1961, and its first inductee was Lawrence Welk. It's been an elite club ever since, with only 34 members as of August, 2004. Framed oil portraits of each honoree hang along both walls in the hallway, protected only by a velvet rope. The portraits from the earlier years have those warm, saturated Kodachrome colors that remind one of 1950s illustrations from The Saturday Evening Post.

While you might -- might -- recognize Peggy Lee, Angie Dickinson, Bobby Vee, and Eric Sevareid, you may not automatically recognize Harold Schafer (founder of the Gold Seal Company, maker of Mr. Bubble), Bob Bahmer (the fourth United States Archivist: 1966-1969) and Casper Oimoen (a brick layer who became captain of the U.S. 1936 Olympic ski team). One point is clear: In order to get into the North Dakota Hall of Fame it helps to get out of North Dakota."
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, or whenever the Capitol is open

Admission Prices:

Time Required for Full Experience: Under 1 hour

Hall of Fame website URL: Not listed

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