For a small town in the middle of nowhere, Jamestown, North Dakota has a lot to offer RVers who take the time to get off the interstate highway and look around. The area is popular with hunters and fishermen, golfers enjoy two eighteen hole courses open to the public, and there are three nice campgrounds with easy access from Interstate 94.
We stayed at Frontier Fort, a nice campground just off the highway and right next door to Frontier Village, a collection of historic buildings that have been moved to Jamestown from all over the state, including a barber shop, saloon, one room schoolhouse, church, and several others.
You can take a stagecoach ride in the village, visit the Louis L’Amour Writer’s Shack, stop and check out the action in the Village Saloon, and shop for souvenirs in several small shops in the village.
Frontier Village is also the home of the National Buffalo Museum, and we spent quite a while touring the museum and checking out the many displays; everything from a buffalo robe to Native American artifacts, and items from the days of the buffalo hunters.
The museum even has a full size mounted buffalo and an Indian tipi on display! The museum’s exhibits focus primarily on the history of bison in the plains culture, but offer something for every interest. There is a children’s room featuring the wildlife of North Dakota, and a video presentation about the history of bison.
The museum gift shop offers an assortment of books, toys, and souvenirs, many with a bison theme. You can also purchase buffalo meat at the museum, which is much better than beef, with less cholesterol, lower fat, and it tastes much better.
The museum also has its own buffalo herd, which live in a huge fenced compound.
Included in the herd is a rare albino buffalo named Dakota Miracle. White buffalo have special significance to Native American culture, and people come from all over the country to see these unique animals.
The herd has approximately 200 acres of pasture land on the north and south sides of Interstate 94, and animals are visible on one or both sides of the highway most of the time.
Since they are very sensitive to sunlight, not every visitor gets to see the white buffalo. During most of the day they stay in the shade of the trees in their compound. But we were very lucky, because we saw one of them grazing, and even though it was quite a distance away, Miss Terry was able to get some photos by using her camera at maximum zoom.
Together, the National Buffalo Museum and bison herd contribute to the distinctive character of Jamestown, the “Buffalo City.”
The museum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a shorter schedule during Fall and Winter. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and active duty military, $6 for children ages 5 -14, and kids under age 5 are free. For more information on the National Buffalo Museum, call (800) 807-1511.
Thought For The Day – It’s going to be one of those days. The voices in my head are fighting, my imaginary friend is running with scissors, and at some point one of my personalities has wandered off.