Jamestown, North Dakota: 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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- Major Fun
This mighty bull bison -- built in 1959 out of sixty tons of concrete -- keeps its unblinking eye on the Jamestown grain elevator. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Buffalo
I love giant things so I really loved this giant buffalo statue. It just brings out the kid in ya![Connie from Seattle, 09/05/2013]
Built in 1959, the Jamestown buffalo is the biggest and heaviest -- it weighs 60 tons -- in the world.
Jamestown is home to newly named "Dakota Thunder." This behemoth is 46 ft. long, 26 ft. high, 14 ft. wide, and weighs in at 60 tons! It was sculpted and placed by Elmer Paul Petersen in 1959.
From the vantage point of the big guy, you can also view a free roaming buffalo herd, including several albino buffalo, which are sacred to the native tribes.[Troy Rognrud, 08/20/2010]
The World's Largest Buffalo just got a new paint job over the summer, and he's looking much more realistic and spectacular these days.[Allison, 12/06/2007]
The World's Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, ND, got a makeover on June 20, 2007, by Hampton Hotels' Save-A-Landmark program. Ten Hampton volunteers worked with Elmer Petersen, the original artist and sculptor of the Buffalo, and contributed an estimated 100 hours of manpower and more than $16,000 toward the 60-ton bison.[Esther, 08/14/2007]