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Worlds Largest Buffalo Monument

U.S. 52, Jamestown, North Dakota 58401 USA

“And yes, it's anatomically correct!”

The "World's Largest Buffalo" is a sculpture of an American Bison located in Jamestown, North Dakota at the Frontier Village. It was built in 1959 by local businessman Harold Newman. It can be seen from Interstate 94, overlooking the city from above the James River valley. The statue is a significant tourist draw for Jamestown and the source of its nickname, The Buffalo City. It is 26 feet (7.9 m) tall, 46 feet (14 m) long and weighs 60 tons. It was constructed with stucco and cement around a steel beam frame shaped with wire mesh. The final cost of construction was approximately $8500 in 1969; a significant overrun from initial estimates closer to $4600. The concrete slab that lies under the sculpture was added later and was not included in the initial cost. The sculpture is complete in many respects of detail. It is sculptured after a male bison in mid-stride and is anatomically correct. -Wikipedia

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Reviewed by
idsupermom

  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 05, 2015
Rated 4.0

OK, it really is big. And we got to see the albino real buffalo. Good for a quick stop.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 487 Reviews
  • 415 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Ok, most "giant" things, we've learned, are actually pretty small and totally lame. This, however, is not one of those things. This buffalo is freakin' huge. A welcome spot to stretch your legs. Be sure to check out the rest of the Village and Museum.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
amy.ragland.7

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 19, 2016
Rated 3.0

Great place to stop while driving thru North Dakota. The bison's parts were proportional. Maintenance could be better.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Senrabad

  • 16 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

OK, some "world's largest" statues are, well, underwhelming in their magnitude. This one is really big.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
whitneymiller

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Awesome buffalo! Unfortunately it started raining and we weren't able to enjoy frontier village but I'm sure we would have loved it also!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SSGJoey

  • 11 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 02, 2015
Rated 5.0

this place it wonderful. the people are very nice. we meant to just do a quick photo op, but ended up staying for about an hour.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
S_Phoenix

  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is a great place to stop and stretch your legs while on a road trip! Whether it's just for a quick photo op with the Buffalo, or stopping to shop/sightseeing in the village. The buffalo is anatomically correct, so keep that in mind when aiming the camera. (Or brace yourself for many FB comments!!!)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jennyvoeltz

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 01, 2014

Great stop! Shopping, restrooms, a playground, a shelter, and a photo op. What more could a family ask for!?

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dcnielsen

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 11, 2014

It is a neat little village. Stuff for little kids to play on, cool recreations of old buildings, many you can walk into. The buffalo statue is enormous, and it's right near the fence where you can see the live buffalo. We even caught the white buffalo nearby and got a photo.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Mju008

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2014

worth a stop. neat little frontier village.

1 person found this review helpful

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U.S. 52
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