"" Writer's Wanderings: Road Trip 2015 - Jamestown, North Dakota

Monday, September 21, 2015

Road Trip 2015 - Jamestown, North Dakota

Give me a home where the buffalo roam, the skies are not cloudy all day. That about sums up our excursion into North Dakota. Beautiful golden landscape, corn fields, and acres of sun flowers whose drooping heads were ready for harvest. I could only imagine how beautiful it had been when they were in the prime of the blooming season.

Jamestown was our destination. Jamestown? What could their possibly be in Jamestown? Why, the world's largest cement buffalo, of course! And a wonderful place called Frontier Village. Once we checked into our hotel, we headed out, crossed the highway and found the signs for Frontier Village. The little town has about two dozen little shops and buildings most of which I think were donated and moved or built new but show the historical significance of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

A jail, a fire house, a school, a bank, a barber, a dentist and a writer's nook are among the little buildings that line the main street. I knew that Louis L'Amour was a western writer but until now, I didn't know that his birthplace was Jamestown, ND. And he went to college there as well. I had already started one of his books (I'll leave that for a Books For The Road post later) so it was with great interest that I perused the displays in the little house that was dedicated to him.

We meandered in and out of buildings and especially enjoyed the shops. One was of art work and another an old fashioned trading store with all sorts of goods and finds including leather bound L'Amour books. During the summer season, there are stagecoach and pony rides in the village.

Bordering the village is a buffalo museum that we passed on mainly because we wanted to be out in the fresh air on a beautiful day. On our way to look it over though, we passed a fenced in field that held a rare albino buffalo.

Of course we couldn't resist getting a selfie with the giant buffalo. Built in 1959, it is 60 tons of concrete and gives the town the distinction of being called "Buffalo City."

After a little exercise, some education, and lots of smiles and we left Frontier Village to find a spot to get dinner. Then it was back to the hotel to get some rest. There was a whole lot more road to cover before we got to Glacier National Park.

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