Travelogue: Jamestown

Until this past weekend, there were only a handful of American cities that I’d never been to.  Included in that list were New York City, Miami, and Jamestown, ND.  Well, I can cross Jamestown off the list.  Sure, I’d been through Jamestown many times, but I’d never actually went into the town or spent any time there.  And thanks to Blonde Daughter’s great idea ("you should blog about this"), I was able to kill two birds with one stone…ps, that saying has been around for a couple hundred years, if not more.  Doesn’t it seem strange that someone hasn’t coined a new phrase? 

Jamestown is really excited about buffaloes.  In fact, they claim to have the world’s largest buffalo on display:

This thing is really big.  The people standing under his face were normal-sized human beings, so that gives you a pretty good idea of its size.  I didn’t catch his name but he sits on top of the hill as you enter Jamestown, on the north side of I-94.  And it has a really mean look on its face.

Another must-see on your next trip to Jamestown is one of the most historic baseball fields in North Dakota, Jack Brown Stadium.

Jack Brown Stadium is where Jamestown’s very own Darin Erstad honed his game.  Erstad played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues and won a World Series with the Angels in 2002.  It’s the kind of ballpark that makes you want to go out there and take a few swings.

The population of Jamestown is about 15,000, and it has a hospital, a couple of clinics, some nice tennis courts, a Pizza Ranch, and lots of things with the word "buffalo" in the name.  I can’t wait for my next North Dakota Adventure.  I’m looking at you Williston and Dickinson.


4 thoughts on “Travelogue: Jamestown

  1. Actually, there is a contest going on this summer to finally name the World’s Largest Buffalo! He has remained nameless since 1959! If you google National Buffalo Museum, you can see how to enter your pick for his name.

  2. No Gould sightings? Damn… Had a few beers with him and Erstad the day after he signed with the Angels at Sports Bar in Fargo…

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