2627 Hwy 281 South
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: (701) 952-9800
Fax: (701) 952-9803
A re-created prairie town of more than 20 buildings, the Frontier Village features original buildings from the frontier villages of North Dakota that have been moved here and filled with antiques and artifacts. The Frontier Village also includes the Kirkpatrick Gallery, Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack, the circa 1880 Northern Pacific Railroad Depot, the first railroad depot in Jamestown; shops selling handmade goods and souvenirs, the General Store, an outdoor amphitheater, stagecoach and pony rides, the World's Largest Buffalo Monument, National Buffalo Museum, and a live herd of buffalo.
A massive sculpture of an American bison, the World's Largest Buffalo stands at a height of 26 feet (7.9 meters), and weighs a whopping 60 tons. The sculpture can be seen from Interstate 94, and is about 46 feet (14 meters) long. The statue was built by a group of art students from Jamestown College, under the instruction of designer Elmer Peterson. The statue specifically depicts a walking male bison, and is detailed in its depiction of the animal's anatomy. Standing in the opposite direction of the highway, the World's Largest Buffalo was unveiled in 1959.
Consecrated by Bishop O'Reilly of Fargo in 1914, the 140 feet long and 50 feet wide American Gothic-style church is made of trimmed granite and rock faced while the superstructure is of pressed Hebron brick and Bedford stone trimmings. St. James was elevated as a Minor Basilica by Most Reverend James S. Sullivan, Bishop of Fargo in 1989. The basilica is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gothic Revival-style, two-story Stutsman County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in North Dakota. Privately owned, the Stutsman County Courthouse is not open to the public.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Alfred Dickey Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until 5:30 p.m. From September to May, the Alfred Dickey Public Library is open on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Stutsman County Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Created by sculptor Elmer Petersen, this 26-foot tall, 60-ton concrete monument has been watching over Jamestown at the Frontier Village since 1959.
An active military fort from 1872-1877, Fort Seward now houses an interpretive center that displays artifacts that have been excavated from the site's archaeological digs, Flags Across America, North Dakota's largest America flag; a Veterans' Memorial and views of the James River Valley. One of only 17 such sites in the United States, Flags Across America is a 30 x 60 foot flag.