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 Harold Newman, a local booster who said he wanted "to create something so big and magnificent that passersby would have to stop in the city."

The buffalo is built of concrete, 26 feet tall, 46 feet long, and weighs 60 tons. Its butt faces the Interstate, which did not arrive until several years after the buffalo.

The buffalo inspired fellow North Dakotan Henry Leuher to build a giant Hereford bull in nearby Pettibone in the 1970s. Both Henry and his bull are now gone, but the buffalo remains. His gonads are in the same all-star category as Albert the Bull (Audubon, Iowa) and Babe the Blue Ox (Klamath, California).

Buffalo from behind.

Surrounding the buffalo are the Pioneer Village and National Buffalo Museum, which has a herd of live bison, including two rare albinos: "Dakota Miracle" and her mom "White Cloud." Live buffalo roam the hillsides beyond, but keep their distance from snapshot-craving tourists. When we asked why, the information booth kid explained, "They're not like dogs."

In 2010, after more than 50 years of nameless fame, the buffalo was officially christened "Dakota Thunder."

Also see: Titans of the North

World's Largest Buffalo

17th St. SE, Jamestown, ND
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.
Open daily May-Sep., closed Sundays Oct-April. (Call to verify)
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