|The World’s Largest Buffalo, located in Jamestown, North Dakota.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.
If you’ve ever driven the long, mind-numbingly straight stretch of I-94 through North Dakota, you may have spied this sweet roadside oddity: the World’s Largest Buffalo, located in Jamestown, North Dakota. If you are making that drive it’s worthwhile to stretch your legs and get some fresh air in Jamestown to revive yourself for the rest of the trip to the border.
Built in 1959, this sculpture is 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons, and is dubbed “Dakota Thunder.” This buffalo is the primary reason Jamestown is known as Buffalo City. But if you’re jonesing for a buffalo burger, you’ll want to look elsewhere–this bison is particularly tough, comprised of cement, stucco, steel and wire.
In 2007, Dakota Thunder claimed a sizable grant from the Hampton Hotels’ Save a Landmark program, which funded a fresh coat of paint for this guy and some surgical enhancement of his horns. Whether the buffalo was experiencing horn envy while gazing over the live, penned buffalo in nearby Frontier Village is unclear; Dakota Thunder declined to comment.