World's Largest Buffalo
Jamestown, North Dakota
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Location: Jamestown, North Dakota (I-94 exit 258)
Height: 26 feet
Length: 46 feet
Weight: 60 tons
Construction Materials: steel beams, wire mesh, stucco, and cement
Special Designation: World's Largest Buffalo
Year Built: 1959
to the World's Largest Buffalo...
Erected in 1959, the
Jamestown Buffalo was the first true giant roadside sculpture built in North Dakota. It measures in at 46 feet long, 26 feet in height, and a hefty 60 tons - making it the official World's Largest Buffalo.
Known nationwide, every year thousands of I-94 motorists stop to visit this most famous buffalo - taking home fond memories and a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity.
The World's Largest Buffalo was the brainchild of then Jamestown Chamber President Harold Newman and was created by Jamestown College art
instructor Elmer Paul Peterson.
It was fabricated out of 8 inch steel beaming, 3/8 inch reinforcing rod, 1/4 inch wire mesh, and gunnite (sprayed cement). The original cost estimate to build the beast was $4600 but the actual cost was more like $8500 when completed.
The buffalo was officially dedicated by Presidential Candidate Nelson Rockefeller in October of 1959.
In 1965, "Frontier Village", an old west town, was built next to the World's Largest Buffalo sculpture. Some of the sights at Frontier Village include a grocery store, wishing well, Midland and Northern Pacific caboose,
school house, church, barber shop, jail house, mine shaft, printing shop, post office, train depot, log cabin, art salon, souvenir shop, and fire department with three old fire trucks.
Also located at the World's Largest Buffalo statue is the National Buffalo Museum and a live herd of buffalo - including an extremely rare albino buffalo named "White Cloud".
World's Largest Buffalo Fun Facts...
Fact #1: The World's Largest Buffalo was the first giant roadside animal sculpture built in North Dakota.
Fact #2: The city of Jamestown, North Dakota is nicknamed "The Buffalo City".
Fact #3: The World's Largest Buffalo does not have a name.
How to Find It...
To find this
truly unique North Dakota roadside attraction take Exit 258 off of Interstate 94,
Proceed north on Highway 281 for 3 blocks,
Turn right at the stoplight and follow the road east for seven blocks. You can't miss it, trust me!