World's Largest Buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo

Field review by the editors.

Jamestown, North Dakota

The World's Largest Buffalo was built in 1959 at the behest of a local booster who wanted "to create something so, big and magnificent, that passersby would have to stop in the city." Well, at least they pull off of the interstate.

The buffalo is built of concrete, 26 feet tall, 46 feet long, and weighs 60 tons. Its butt faces the highway.

The Buffalo's existence inspired Henry Leuher to build a giant Hereford bull in nearby Pettibone; his gonads are in the same all-star category as Albert the Bull (Audubon, IA) and Babe the Blue Ox (Klamath, CA).

Buffalo from behind.

Also here is the Pioneer Village and Buffalo Museum with a herd of live bison, including the rare albino, "White Cloud." Live buffalo roam the hillsides beyond, but hide from tourists. The information booth kid explains: "They're not like dogs."

2010 Update: After more than 50 years of nameless fame, the buffalo has officially been christened "Dakota Thunder," which sounds more like a name for a minor league baseball team.

Also see: Titans of the North

World's Largest Buffalo

Address:
17th St. SE, Jamestown, ND
Directions:
I-94 exit 258. Drive north on US Hwy 281 to the first stop light, then turn right at the big Frontier Village sign. The buffalo, the Frontier Village, and the National Buffalo Museum are clustered at the end of 17th St. SE.
Hours:
Memorial-Labor Day, daily 9 am - 8 pm; shortened hours off-season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
701-252-8648
RA Rates:
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