World’s Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, ND

The World’s Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota, is a must-see road trip stop for any roadside attraction lover! At 26 feet tall, 46 feet long, and weighing in at 60 tons, this big bison is certainly a site to behold!

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The World’s Largest Buffalo is modeled after a male American bison… just on a slightly bigger scale (in fact, he is actually the size of about 60 male buffalo). And this anatomically correct bison is…well… all there.

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World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions

The sculpture was commissioned in 1959 by local businessman Harold Newman. There was money leftover from the town’s previous 75th anniversary in 1957 and it’s said that he wanted to create a big, magnificent roadside attraction that would entice passersby from the newly-constructed I-94 segment that passed through their town. He also wanted to trump the 26-foot tall talking Paul Bunyon statue in nearby Brainerd, Minnesota. Because, I mean, who wouldn’t?

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World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions

The giant buffalo statue was designed by sculptor Elmer Petersen, who also worked as an art professor at Jamestown College. Under his supervision, a team of construction workers and locals built the giant bison sculpture out of a steel framework covered in concrete/cement.

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In 2010, to celebrate the North Dakota roadside attraction’s 50th birthday, a contest was held to name to previously unnamed concrete mammal. With around 3,500 entries submitted, a moniker was finally bestowed upon the colossal creature: Dakota Thunder. Today, a sign with his name hangs in front of the massive buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions

The World’s Largest Buffalo statue isn’t the only attraction in Jamestown! While you’re checking out the famous North Dakota roadside attraction, plan to stay a while to visit the National Buffalo Museum and Frontier Village and see a real live herd of buffalo.

World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions

If you’re taking a North Dakota road trip on I-94 and pass Jamestown, make sure to take the detour and check out the World’s Largest Buffalo sculpture!

World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions
World's Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota | North Dakota Roadside Attractions

World’s Largest Buffalo Monument

Location: 404 Louis Lamour Ln, Jamestown, ND 58401
Hours: Open daily May – September, closed Sundays Oct-April. (Call to verify)
Cost: Free to See


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The World’s Largest Buffalo Monument in Jamestown, North Dakota. This big bison is a must-see road trip stop for any weird roadside attraction lover – kids or adults! Come by on your North Dakota road trip for fun travel photography and add it to your list of things to do in the state and travel buckets lists.

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.