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Jamestown is a city of 15,527 residents in the Coteaus and Plains area of North Dakota.

The world's largest buffalo statue in Jamestown


Jamestown, "The Buffalo City", was originally named for the James river. It was first settled in 1872.

Peggy Lee, the jazz singer, Louis L'Amour, the western novelist, and Darin Erstad, the professional baseball player for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels, are natives of Jamestown.

Get in

  • By car: exit 256, 258, or 260 off I-94, about midway between Fargo and Bismarck

Get around

  • Jamestown Taxi Service, 1802 6th Ave NE, . Tel: +1 701 252-4200


  • Frontier Village, 17th St SE (Exit 258, off I-94), +1 701 252-6307. year round, daily 9AM-9PM. Jamestown is home to "The World’s Largest Buffalo", named Dakota Thunder, a 60-ton cement sculpture that stands 26 feet tall and stretches 46 feet long. It was built in 1959. A number of old buildings were moved in around it to create the Frontier Village, which today attracts over 100,000 people annually. See a buffalo herd and three albino buffalo, White Cloud, her son Dakota Miracle, and another albino calf, Dakota Legend. White buffalo are sacred to the Lakota people. Free admission.
  • Albino Buffalo (near Frontier Village). See a buffalo herd and three albino buffalo, White Cloud, her offspring Dakota Miracle, and another albino calf, Dakota Legend. White buffalo are sacred to the Lakota people.


  • Disc Golf, 1002 2nd Ave. SE, +1 701 252-3982. There are 2 courses in Jamestown. An 18-hole recreational course in Klaus Park, located alongside the James and Pipestem Rivers, with Innova Discatchers and cement tees, and a 27 hole championship caliber course on the Jamestown Reservoir Island with Innova Discatchers and cement tees. Map of Course


  • Antiques & More, 421 4th Ave. NW, +1 701 252-6549. Antiques and Collectibles
  • Dakota Western Wear, 2400 8th Ave. SW (Buffalo Mall), +1 701 251-2055. Western Retail
  • Jamestown International Travel & Gift Gallery, 215 1st Ave. S, +1 701 251-2222, fax: +1 701 251-2915. Travel Agency and Gift Gallery
  • Super Wal-Mart, 921 25th St. SW, +1 701 252-6778, fax: +1 701 252-4411. Discount Department Store


  • Burger King, 2314 Hwy. 281 South, +1 701 251-1217, fax: +1 701 251-1377.
  • Perkins (Buffalo Mall), +1 701 252-1370, fax: +1 701 252-8203. Restaurant and Bakery
  • Quizno's, 721 1st Ave. South, +1 701 251-9348, fax: +1 701 251-9349. Restaurant & Catering
  • Subway, 909 7th Ave. SE, +1 701 252-8249, fax: +1 701 252-8249. Restaurant
  • Taco John's, 718 10th Street SE, +1 701 252-2508. Mexican Fast Food
  • Emma Rosie's Homecookin' (located in Jamestown Livestock), 3443 82nd Ave SE, +1 701-320-9280. A catering service that also operates the cafe inside Jamestown Livestock on sale day, which is Tuesdays. Opens Tuesdays at 8AM; closing time varies depending on the length of the sale. Offers delicious, freshly-made foods.



  • Carl's Hunting Lodge (south of Jamestown and north of Gackle), +1 701 763-6254, +1 701 391-9064, . Hunting lodge in the flyway. Prime hunting location for upland game, waterfowl and white-tail deer. Seasons of Operation: September–November. Rural setting, group of 5-7 exclusive use of lodge, daily rate includes lodging and home cooked meals, guiding available.
  • Quality Inn and Suites, 507-25 St. SW, +1 701 252-3611, fax: +1 701 251-1212.
  • Ranch House Motel, 408 Business Loop W, +1 701 252-0222. Dirty rooms and reports of thefts.
  • Sleepinn express, 1052 8th ave se, +1 701 252-4755.
  • The Little Brown Cabin (Montpelier), 309 4th Ave, Montpelier, ND (20 miles south of Jamestown on all paved roads), +1 701 320-9280. A place for staying, hunting, and resting. Located in Montpelier, ND amidst peace & quiet, fantastic hunting opportunities, and the beauty of rural North Dakota. Friendly owners, reasonable rates, meals available.
  • Frontier Fort Campground (adjacent to Frontier Village. I-94, Exit 258, north to first stoplight, east 6 blocks), +1 701 252-7492, fax: +1 701 252-5455. Open: April thru November. 70 RV sites with full hookups, bar and grill, wildlife museum. $12–$20.
  • Lakeside Marina Campground (on the Reservoir's East Lakeside Road North of Jamestown), +1 701 252-1183 (in season), +1 701 252-2447 (out of season). Scenic Lakeside Grounds with cabins and RV as well as tent pads. Open May–October with full service hookups, bathing facilities, Marina Cafe and boat launch, swimming area, frisby golf, boat rental, and more. $10–$20 per night and weekly and biweekly specials are also available.

Go next

  • The Bison Ranch and Coteau Ridge, 13 miles north on Highway 281, 6 miles west. Tour through a live buffalo herd. By appointment. Tel: (701) 252-6853. Free Admission.
Routes through Jamestown
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