Rugby, North Dakota: World's Tallest Salesman Exhibit

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Prairie Village Museum

Address:
102 US Hwy. 2 SE, Rugby, ND
Directions:
Prairie Village Museum. South edge of town, on US 2 (65th St. NW) just east of the intersection of Hwy 3 (3rd Ave. SW/29th Ave. N).
Phone:
701-776-6414
Admission:
Adults $7.
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World's Tallest Salesman Exhibit
Towering Cliff Thompson was also known as "Count Olaf" and "the world's largest dairy farmer." Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Queen Victoria's Gown.

Prairie Village Museum: Queen Victoria's Gown

Prairie Village Museum, which is made up of more than 30 buildings and home to more than 50,000 artifacts, has created a new exhibit around a ceremonial gown worn by Queen Victoria of England. Former Queen's dresser Marie Downing Williams brought the dress with her to North Dakota in 1887. It was on display in the Rolla, North Dakota, public library for 40 years before it was donated to Prairie Village Museum. The gown is in amazing condition and Marie's story is the stuff of fairy tales.

[Catherine Jelsing, 09/10/2017]

Tallest mannequin.

Museum oddities, World's Tallest Man

At the entrance to the Pioneer Village and Museum are two small stone pillars which contain rocks from all 50 states. They are small-scale versions of Sioux Falls, SD's Pillars of the Nation.

The museum contains a small taxidermy collection of mostly native American species. However they do have two small, one-foot long alligator-type animals posed as boxers with tiny boxing gloves.

In the old school house, a mannequin wears a suit belonging to Clifford Thompson, "The World's Tallest Man." Clifford Thompson, 1904-1955, would have been the world's tallest living man after the death of Robert Wadlow, assuming the height of 8'7" is accurate. he was born in Pierce Co. N. Dak., 1-1/2 miles from Silva, ND.

[Nathan Forrider, 09/12/2003]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Geographical Center of North AmericaGeographical Center of North America, Rugby, ND - < 1 mi.
Niewoehner Bell TowerNiewoehner Bell Tower, Rugby, ND - 1 mi.
Lone Bank VaultLone Bank Vault, Silva, ND - 13 mi.
In the region:
Four Chaplains Memorial, Bottineau, ND - 39 mi.

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