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Airstream road trip to Jamestown, North Dakota, and Frontier Village


Those taking a more northwesterly route home on I-94 from Alumapalooza won’t visit Hastingsbut they might Airstream through “The Buffalo City”—Jamestown, North Dakota.


One could fall asleep at the wheel slogging the width of North Dakota. It’s 340 miles with no tourist attractions (unless you count the peculiar Enchanted Highway and world’s largest plastic cow). Jamestown appears like a magical oasis halfway between Bismarck and Fargo when dad needs to crack his back, the kids need a corn dog, and mom needs a pee break.

In Jamestown:


See!—the World’s Largest Buffalo, sixty tons of terrifying concrete.

Try to see!Dakota Miracle, the elusive white buffalo, among the herd at the National Buffalo Museum.

Dare!—yourself to “run faster than a bull” across the pasture (no, don’t do this).

Yawn!—as you stroll through Frontier Village, the mock prairie town.


Actually, I did enjoy the Louis L’Amour Writer’s Shack, a micro museum stocked with the complete collection of the famous frontier author’s paperbacks. If you’re in the market for a rodeo name, scan the titles; among the many good candidates are Kid Rodelo, Borden Chantry, Milo Talon, and Utah Blaine.


If your legs still need stretching and you have a high boredom tolerance, walk the self-guided “trail of L’Amour” to survey various historic buildings and favorite L’Amour hangouts. Don’t expect cowboy bars or rugged outposts; you’ll see his elementary school, Methodist church, where the L’Amour family home now isn’t, his friend’s dad’s pharmacy, and the library where it’s rumored that young Louis read every book on the shelves.


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