Jamestown, North Dakota: World's Largest Buffalo

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

404 Louis Lamour Lane, Jamestown, ND
I-94 exit 258. Drive north. Turn right at the stoplight at the Frontier Village National Buffalo Museum green highway sign onto 17th St. SW/Louis Lamour Lane. Follow the road into Frontier Village, then bear left to arrive at the giant buffalo.
Gate open daily 9-6 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights

World's Largest Buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo

This mighty bull bison -- built in 1959 out of sixty tons of steel and concrete -- keeps its unblinking eye on the Jamestown grain elevator.

Roadsideamerica.com Report...

Visitor Tips and News About World's Largest Buffalo

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Albino buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo

The albino buffalo near the World's Largest Buffalo died a few months before I got there, and unfortunately they put a plastic box around her to protect her a week before my arrival. But either way, nice.

[Roadtrip18, 03/20/2021]

World's Largest Buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo

I hope this cute little frontier town is open during the summer! We just couldn't handle running through the deep snow to the Buffalo.

[Em, 02/06/2019]

Giant buffalo.

Giant Buffalo Statue

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.

World's Largest Buffalo.

Largest Buffalo 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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Steel Eagle, Wrestling AngelSteel Eagle, Wrestling Angel, Jamestown, ND - 1 mi.
Peggy Lee MuseumPeggy Lee Museum, Wimbledon, ND - 22 mi.
Mr. Wheat's Minuteman MissileMr. Wheat's Minuteman Missile, LaMoure, ND - 42 mi.
In the region:
Smallest City in USA (In Two Counties), Lehr, ND - 52 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

North Dakota Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Ciderville, Powell, Tennessee (Jun 7-13, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now