Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jamestown, ND: Frontier Village

When we were done browsing the National Buffalo Museum, we spent some time walking around the Frontier Village in Jamestown. It's right outside the museum and you have to go through it if you want to get to the World's Largest Buffalo.

It is free (although there is a donation bin at the entrance if you feel so inclined) and there is a lot more set up than I realized from the Internet.

There are also some actual businesses here (like this one below; no pictures from inside) if you get here before 5 or 6pm, when most of them close.

The rest of the village doesn't really close until late in the evening, so we wandered around town and peeked into all the buildings. There are a lot of buildings and most of them are set up really nicely.

You can also take a pony or carriage ride.

Mannequins are my nemesis, but hopefully you don't suffer from the same infliction. There are several fake people scattered throughout the village.

I thought the school house was the most well done (even though there were lots of mannequins here).

They didn't make things for tall people in the 1800s (Eric is 6'2").

We saw more surveying equipment (and surveying exhibits) on this trip than animals.

Free, easily seen, and something to do to get out and stretch your legs in North Dakota! Try to get there before 5pm to check out the shops, but even after business hours it's neat to see all these set-ups in one place.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Jamestown, ND: National Buffalo Museum + World's Largest Buffalo

From the Roger Maris Museum in Fargo, we headed west to Jamestown to the National Buffalo Museum and the World's Largest Buffalo.

We mostly made this stop because behind the buffalo museum is a 200 acre pasture for a bison herd. We've seen lots of buffalo before, but this place in particular has an albino buffalo (named White Cloud) which is pretty rare, so I wanted to try to see it.

Unfortunately we saw no white buffalo, but we spent some time in the large museum. There is a fee, normally $5/adult or $10/family, but with AAA you can get that down to $4/adult.

It turned out that basically every museum we went to on this trip had buffalo hides. But I never stopped being impressed with the size of these animals.

There was so much to see and read in this museum.

This section had a bunch of different animal pelts/skins/etc that you could feel. I was kind of weirded out about some of them (birds) but felt a few.

You can see the herd from a lot of places around the museum without actually having to pay or go into the building, but they do have a nice viewing deck off the back to look at the bison.

We saw zero bison from the viewing deck, but saw a bunch later on.

Apparently these kinds of chairs used to be all the rage.

Once we had finished the museum, we walked down the street to the World's Largest Buffalo.

It was pretty large!

From the statue, we spotted a bunch of buffalo.

If you find yourself in the middle of North Dakota and want to see some buffalo, this place is a pretty sure bet. We enjoyed watching the bison meander around the preserve and the museum was a good prelude to our trip.