Jamestown is a city of 15,527 residents in the Coteaus and Plains area of North Dakota.

The world's largest buffalo statue in Jamestown


Jamestown, "The Buffalo City", was originally named for the James river. It was first settled in 1872.

Peggy Lee, the jazz singer, Louis L'Amour, the western novelist, and Darin Erstad, the professional baseball player for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels, are natives of Jamestown.

Get in[edit]

Map of Jamestown (North Dakota)

By car[edit]

Exits 256, 258, or 260 off I-94, about midway between Fargo and Bismarck

By plane[edit]

Get around[edit]

  • Jamestown Taxi Service, 1802 6th Ave NE, +1 701 252-4200.


  • 1 [dead link] Frontier Village, 17th St SE (Exit 258, off I-94), +1 701 252-6307. year round, daily 9AM-9PM. Jamestown is home to "The World’s Largest Buffalo", named Dakota Thunder, a 60-ton cement sculpture that stands 26 feet tall and stretches 46 feet long. It was built in 1959. A number of old buildings were moved in around it to create the Frontier Village, which today attracts over 100,000 people annually. See a buffalo herd and three albino buffalo, White Cloud, her son Dakota Miracle, and another albino calf, Dakota Legend. White buffalo are sacred to the Lakota people. Free admission.
  • Albino Buffalo (near Frontier Village). See a buffalo herd and three albino buffalo, White Cloud, her offspring Dakota Miracle, and another albino calf, Dakota Legend. White buffalo are sacred to the Lakota people.
  • 2 Fort Steward Historic Site.
  • 3 University of Jamestown. University of Jamestown (Q6146207) on Wikidata University of Jamestown on Wikipedia
  • 4 North Dakota State Hospital Museum, +1-701-253-3650. Appointment required. North Dakota State Hospital (Q7055061) on Wikidata North Dakota State Hospital on Wikipedia


  • Disc Golf, 1002 2nd Ave. SE, +1 701 252-3982. There are 2 courses in Jamestown. An 18-hole recreational course in Klaus Park, located alongside the James and Pipestem Rivers, with Innova Discatchers and cement tees, and a 27 hole championship caliber course on the Jamestown Reservoir Island with Innova Discatchers and cement tees. Map of Course [formerly dead link]





  • [dead link] Budget Lodge, 1009 12th Ave. SE, +1 701 252-2363, fax: +1 701 252-7060.
  • Buffalo Motel, 1530 6th Ave SW, +1 701 252-0180.
  • Carl's Hunting Lodge (south of Jamestown and north of Gackle), +1 701 763-6254, +1 701 391-9064, . Hunting lodge in the flyway. Prime hunting location for upland game, waterfowl and white-tail deer. Seasons of Operation: September–November. Rural setting, group of 5-7 exclusive use of lodge, daily rate includes lodging and home cooked meals, guiding available.
  • 1 Comfort Inn, 811 20th Street SW, +1 701 252-7125, fax: +1 701 252-1426.
  • [formerly dead link] Country Charm, +1 701 251-1372, fax: +1 701 252-9087, . Bed and Breakfast. Three bedrooms, shared bath in 1897 house. Additional hunting lodge sleeps 10. Also, 10 camp sites with electricity.
  • 2 Days Inn, 824 20th Street SW, +1 701 251-9085, fax: +1 701 251-2214.
  • 3 Gladstone Inn & Suites, 111 2nd Street NE, +1 701 252-0700, fax: +1 701 952-0701.
  • 4 Holiday Inn Express, 803 20th St. S, +1 701 251-2131.
  • 5 Jamestown Motel, 1018 4th Ave SW, +1 701 252-0471.
  • 6 Quality Inn and Suites, 507-25 St. SW, +1 701 252-3611, fax: +1 701 251-1212.
  • Ranch House Motel, 408 Business Loop W, +1 701 252-0222. Dirty rooms and reports of thefts.
  • Star Lite Motel, 1610 Business Loop E, +1 701 252-5111.
  • 7 Super 8 Motel, 2623 Hwy 281 South, +1 701 252-4715, toll-free: +1 888-766-6661, fax: +1 701 251-1647.
  • Sleepinn express, 1052 8th ave se, +1 701 252-4755.
  • [dead link] The Little Brown Cabin (Montpelier), 309 4th Ave, Montpelier, ND (20 miles south of Jamestown on all paved roads), +1 701 320-9280. A place for staying, hunting, and resting. Located in Montpelier, ND amidst peace & quiet, fantastic hunting opportunities, and the beauty of rural North Dakota. Friendly owners, reasonable rates, meals available.
  • Frontier Fort Campground (adjacent to Frontier Village. I-94, Exit 258, north to first stoplight, east 6 blocks), +1 701 252-7492, fax: +1 701 252-5455. Open: April thru November. 70 RV sites with full hookups, bar and grill, wildlife museum. $12–$20.
  • Lakeside Marina Campground (on the Reservoir's East Lakeside Road North of Jamestown), +1 701 252-1183 (in season), +1 701 252-2447 (out of season). Scenic Lakeside Grounds with cabins and RV as well as tent pads. Open May–October with full service hookups, bathing facilities, Marina Cafe and boat launch, swimming area, frisby golf, boat rental, and more. $10–$20 per night and weekly and biweekly specials are also available.



  • 1 North Dakota State Hospital, 2605 Circle Dr, +1-701-253-3650. A historic hospital. Still provides mental health services. North Dakota State Hospital (Q7055061) on Wikidata North Dakota State Hospital on Wikipedia
  • 2 St. James Basilica. Basilica of St. James (Q4867381) on Wikidata St. James Basilica (Jamestown, North Dakota) on Wikipedia

Go next[edit]

Routes through Jamestown
BismarckDawson  W  E  Valley CityFargo
MinotCarrington  W  E  Valley CityFargo
Churchs FerryCarrington  N  S  EdgeleyAberdeen
Devils LakeGlenfield  N  S  END

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