World's Largest Buffalo Monument

World's Largest Buffalo monument

This 26-foot-tall, 60-ton concrete giant has been standing watch over Jamestown from the Frontier Village since 1959. Created by sculptor Elmer Petersen, he has proven one of the midwest's most popular roadside attractions for over 50 years.  In 2010, the World's Largest Buffalo received his name, Dakota Thunder.


  • Open Year Round


Free will donation


The monument is located through the gates of the Frontier Village. The National Buffalo Museum and live buffalo herd including the rare White Buffalo are in the same area as well.


1-800-222-4766 or 701-251-9145

Looking for More?

Check out the hiking and biking trails in the area. We also have 21 stocked fishing lakes. There are also several options for places to eat. You can also read about 10 ways to make lasting memories at the monument!