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The two RV Gypsies in Jamestown, North Dakota
seeking rare white buffalo - June 5, 2012
Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, founded in 1872. It is the county seat of Stutsman County, and the eighth largest city in North Dakota.

Jamestown is located at the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek, and has a total area of 12.5 square miles of which 12.4 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. Jamestown Regional Airport serves the city providing scheduled flights to all four major North Dakotan metropolitan areas, as well as chartered flights out of state.

The James River, a Missouri River tributary, in Jamestown
The James River in Jamestown, ND
Frontier Village: The two RV Gypsies took a step back in time at this re-created prairie town of 24 buildings. Original buildings from the frontier villages of North Dakota have been moved to this site and filled with antiques and artifacts that bring the world of the prairie pioneers to life. The Village also featured several shops selling handmade goods and souvenirs, North Dakota products, leather goods, light lunch and snacks at the General Store, and a stagecoach and pony rides. The World's Largest Buffalo Monument, National Buffalo Museum, and a Live Herd of Buffalo, including some rare WHITE BUFFALO were also on-site .
The entry to Frontier Village in Jamestown North Dakota
some of the shops at Frontier Village
The two RV Gypsies at Frontier Village in North Dakota
Karen Duquette
Lee Duquette on a buffalo
There was a live herd of Buffalo (Bison) in the field at Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota. The live bison herd that the North Dakota Buffalo Foundation maintains currently numbers around 30 animals. The herd has approximately 200 acres of pasture land on the north and south sides of interstate I-94 and may be visible on one or both sides of the interstate. The live animals are a big draw for the museum and represent the beginning of the wild west to visitors traveling from the east.
sign warning people how fast a buffalo can run
live buffalo at Frontier Village in  Jamestown North Dakota

Included in the live buffalo herd was White Cloud (Mahpiya Ska in Lakota Sioux), an extremely rare female albino bison born on July 10, 1996. White Cloud joined the herd at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, North Dakota on May 23, 1997.

Her first calf, Princess Winona (First-born daughter in the Lakota language), was born in 2000. It was brown. She calved again in 2003, the day after Mother's Day. This time she had a brown male calf which was named Dakota Thunder. She had two more female brown calves in 2005 and 2006. On August 31, 2007 White Cloud gave birth to her fifth calf, a white albino bull, Dakota Miracle.

White Cloud and her calves are a big attraction for the museum not only because of the rarity of an albino buffalo but also because of the sacredness that some Native Americans place on a white buffalo.

On May 31, 2008 The National Buffalo Museum became truly "Legendary" when one of the herd's brown buffalo had a white calf which was later named Dakota Legend.

white buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota
white buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota
While photographing this white buffalo, Karen Duquette took the time to converse with a couple that was sitting in their car watching the buffalo. They told Karen that they have come to Frontier Village every day this year to see the white buffalo, and this was the first day that they were successful. The two RV Gypsies were extremely lucky to be there to see and photograph the white buffalo on their very first visit.
a white buffalo and a brown buffalo in North Dakota
a white buffalo and a brown buffalo in North Dakota
The World's Largest Buffalo statue
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
World's Largest Buffalo statue The World's Largest Buffalo is a sculpture of an American Bison located in Jamestown, North Dakota at the Frontier Village. It was built in 1959 by local businessman Harold Newman. It can be seen from Interstate 94, overlooking the city from above the James River valley.

The statue is a significant tourist draw for Jamestown and the source of its nickname, The Buffalo City. The statue is 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons. It was constructed with stucco and cement around a steel beam frame shaped with wire mesh. The final cost of construction was approximately $8500 in 1969; a significant overrun from initial estimates closer to $4600. The concrete slab that lies under the sculpture was added later and was not included in the initial cost.

The sculpture is complete in many respects of detail. It is sculptured after a male bison in mid-stride and is anatomically correct.

In June 2007, the city of Jamestown received a grant of $16,500 from Hampton Hotels' Save-A-Landmark program to refurbish the buffalo. The money was used to repaint the buffalo to look more life-like and to enlarge the horns. The renovation was done by original designer Elmer Peterson.

On July 24, 2010, the World's Largest Buffalo was named Dakota Thunder after a contest that drew more than 3,500 entries.

sign about the World's Largest Buffalo statue
sign about the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Below: Notice Lee and Karen Duquette, the two RV Gypsies under the World's Largest Buffalo statue. Remember: It is 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons.
The two RV Gypsies by the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Karen Duquette leaning on the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Karen Duquette trying to reach the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Karen Duquette standing under the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Karen Duquette standing under the World's Largest Buffalo statue
Karen Duquette staring at Karen Duquette standing by the World's Largest Buffalo statue
the head of the World's Largest Buffalo statue

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota,
June 2012

Below are eight (8) sections of the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in North Dakota. You may view them in any order you wish. Plus there is a link to Montana below the menu.

White Buffalo in Jamestown (this page)

Fargo, Walk of Fame, The Woodchipper

Enchanted Highway

Big Oddities

Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park
and wildlife
- 2 pages

Rugby - the Geographical Center
of North America

The Painted Canyon

The International Peace Garden

Look Below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all six (6) sections above, please continue on to Wibaux - The Gateway to Montana, plus Makoshika State Park - The Badlands of eastern Montana.