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Cowboy Lyle Glass, a Medora icon, died Wednesday, June 27. Submitted photo

'Cowboy Lyle' Glass of Medora fame has died

MEDORA, N.D. — Cowboy Lyle Glass, a fixture in the popular Medora Musical in the North Dakota Badlands, has passed away, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation announced Wednesday. He was 67.

His years of service to Medora and TRMF are highlighted by over 2,000 ghost rides in the musical—a featured scene he made famous by descending a steep butte on horseback, guided only by a spotlight.

Glass was born June 22, 1951. He left his hometown of Crookston, Minn., in 1973 for the Badlands—and a small tourist town called Medora.

He established himself as a hardworking horse wrangler at the Medora Riding Stables and an major part of the Medora Division of Gold Seal Co., and later, the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

After suffering a life-threatening aneurysm in 2010, Glass dismounted from his Medora trail riding horse but his presence in Medora only grew.

For guests to town, he was the iconic presence tourists and town residents saw everywhere—whether he was helping the Boy Scouts raise flag, trotting through town atop his horse, Chocolate, or greeting families as they stepped off the escalator at the musical.

Today, thousands of people, from all corners of the nation and world, will remember him through personal pictures of their kids, their family, with Glass.

He was also a renowned wildlife photographer and expert on the horses that roam Theodore Roosevelt National Park and even had a candy store named for him.

The Foundation said in a statement that Glass will be remembered "his warm spirit, gentle ways, 45 years of service to the visitors of the Badlands and his unyielding love for Medora."

Memorial details will be forthcoming as family and friends are notified of his death.

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