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Summer road trip issue DISCOVER JAMESTOWN pages 6-20 From Dakota Thunder, the giant buffalo, to the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, there’s much to see and do in the Buffalo City! Explore the city at the heart of the James River Valley.

CENTER MAP SECTION pages 21-28 This glossy, full color section is especially for the navigator in the group. From a list of points of interest to a center spread with the roads to take to see it all, this is your road map to summer fun in the James Valley area. Also includes a map of Jamestown’s Pipestem Reservoir and Parkhurst Recreation Area with amenities.

RURAL ROAD TRIPS Pages 29-45 Adventure awaits in south central North Dakota! Within a 60-mile radius of Jamestown, there are many small communities and area attractions to explore. If you find yourself in the area and eager to hit the open road, consider one of these rural drives. Copyright 2017-All rights reserved Transcript Publishing 6 8th St North, P.O. Box 752 New Rockford, ND 58356 701-947-2417, (Fax)701-947-2418 Front Cover Photo Credit: Sarah Smith Warren Photography

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Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam...   They call Jamestown “The Buffalo City” for more than one reason! The city offers more opportunities to learn about the majestic American bison than any other in the area. From the “World’s Largest Buffalo Monument” to the National Buffalo Museum with a live buffalo herd surrounding both, there is much to explore in Jamestown.   National Buffalo Museum The National Buffalo Museum is open yearround and is dedicated to preserving and displaying the histor y of the American Bison, a creature more commonly known as the buffalo. The displays trace the buffalo’s history from prehistoric times to the present and convey the importance of the buffalo to

Native American tribes on the plains. The Ernie Clifford Collection was recently added that includes framed artwork, bronze statues and miscellaneous buffalo memorabilia. Be sure to visit the Prairie Winds Gift Shop which features buffalo-themes and North Dakota made products.   Summer hours for the National Buffalo Museum are Memorial Day to Labor Day 8 am – 8 pm daily. The rest of the year the museum is open Mon – Sat 10 am – 5   Admission is $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior and active military, $6.00 for Children 5-14, and kids under 5 are free. For group rates or more information, call (800) 8071511 or (701) 252-8648, or go online to www.

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Frontier Village The Frontier Village, is a recreated prairie pioneer town that is home to 25 buildings. Most were moved in from prairie towns, housing historical displays, gift shops and mini-museums. Built in 1881, the Millarton Church features an antique organ, ornate altar and tin ceiling. The Sinclair School is a one-room schoolhouse dating back to 1883.   Come and join the fun and experience life as it was 100 years ago. Admission to the Village and Dakota Thunder is free. Donations are accepted. For more information, please contact Jamestown Tourism at 1-800-2224766 or 701-251-9145. Visit them online at 

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Live Bison Herd   National Buffalo Museum volunteers maintain a 200-acre range surrounding the museum that is home to a herd of buffalo. Most of the bison are descended from the herd Theodore Roosevelt owned when he ranched in western North Dakota more than a century ago. World-wide interest in the albino buffalo brings guests from far and wide. White buffalo are sacred to many plains Indian tribes, as many believe that a white buffalo will come to unite all the earth’s races to live together in harmony.  

Dakota Thunder   On the eastern end of the Village stands the World’s Largest Buffalo Monument, Dakota Thunder. Designed by sculptor and Jamestown College art professor Elmer Peterson, this 26-foot-high, 60 ton steeland-concrete sculpture has perched over The “World’s Largest Buffalo Monument” keeps watch the City of Jamestown since 1959. over Jamestown and the central North Dakota prairie.


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Fort Seward Interpretive Center

  Fort Seward was in operation for only five years during the 1880s.

Jamestown’s Fort Seward, during its short life, initially provided protection for the 500 railroad workers building the Northern Pacific Railroad. After the railroad construction stalled in Bismarck a year later, Fort Seward stabilized the region by aiding U.S. marshals with law enforcement, keeping telegraph lines open, acting as a mail transfer point, and protecting cattle herds en route to the Missouri River. When the fort was abandoned, it was dismantled and transported to Fort Totten, 81 miles north of Jamestown. The Fort’s brief history provides some colorful stories. One story tells of some soldiers

who were court martialed for shelling the local tavern’s outhouse. It seems they were a little upset about being sent back to camp by the tavern’s owner before they were ready to leave. The episode is sometimes reenacted by Fort Seward’s 20th Infantry Living History actors during their annual encampment in September of each year. Two companies from Custer’s 7th Cavalry also camped just across the James River for three weeks before their demise at the Little Big Horn. For several years since 1999, summer archaeological digs have taken place at the fort site. Artifacts are on display at the museum. Fort Seward is located at 605 10th Ave NW, Jamestown, ND 58401. Call (701) 251-1875 for more information. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Admission is free.

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North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame • Located inside the Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave NE, Jamestown • Open 9 am - 5 pm Monday thru Friday • FREE Admission • Honors and recognizes those individuals who have played a major role in the growth and development of sports in the state of North Dakota • Features memorabilia from sports greats such as Roger Maris, DeWayne (Dewey) King and Phil Jackson

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Walk the trail of Louis L’Amour Famous author and Jamestown native Louis L’Amour wrote 122 books with 300 million in print, translated into 26 different languages. He also wrote 400 short stories and 65 television scripts, and more than 30 of his stories became movies. You can now “Walk the Trail of L’Amour.” Several sites that are connected to L’Amour form a walking tour. You can pick up a Walking Tour brochure at the Jamestown Tourism visitor information center at Frontier Village. The tour features a number of key sites: A. The Dakota Territory Courthouse. Louis’ father, the county and state veterinarian, conducted business in this building and was a friend of the sheriff whose home was next to the courthouse at the time. (Outside view only) B. Downtown mural that looks as though it came out of one of Louis’ western books at Jamestown City Hall. C. The L’Amour Family Home Site. The original home has been moved to the southeast part of Jamestown and structurally changed. You can see the original home site at 113 Third Avenue Southeast in Jamestown. D. The First United Methodist Church was the church where the L’Amour family worshipped. E. The Alfred Dickey Library was one of Louis’ favorite places. He wanted to be a writer since he was a child and spent most of his free time at this library. Photo below.

F. The Franklin Grade School is the oldest remaining schoolhouse in Jamestown built in 1909 and was where Louis attended school. G. Walz Pharmacy was owned by Louis’ personal friend Reese Hawkins. You’ll find all of Louis L’Amour’s books for sale here and special orders are taken. Notice the over 50-year-old Kirkpatrick mural depicting the frontier days Louis wrote about. H. The Louis L’Amour School is Jamestown’s newest elementary school and is named for this famous author. I. The Louis L’Amour Writers Shack is located in the Frontier Village and is open May through September. The shack holds a collection of Louis L’Amour works and novels.

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The Arts Center

The Arts Center gallery houses a rotating fine art exhibit that changes every six weeks. Artists and medium vary widely throughout the year, so you will see something new each time you come through town. Best of all, admission is always free.   Throughout the year this spaces hosts Dinner Theater Production, Live Music, Visual Arts Workshop, a Festival or other special event. During the summer months The Arts Center offers creative camps for children.   • Location: 115 2nd Street SW, Jamestown, ND 58401   • Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or by special appointment

  • Admission: Free   • Phone: (701)2512496   • Website: www. The Arts Center’s Hansen Arts Park   Downtown Jamestown’s only green space. Enjoy the beautiful mosaic benches, enjoy the Prairie Grass Ballet sculpture, or explore the words of regional poets etched into the boulders at the base of the sculpture. Visit the Hansen Arts Park and let the busyness of life drift away for a while. The Arts Center’s Hansen Art Studio   The Hansen Art Studio houses a ceramics studio, classroom, and print shop. Check the website for activities taking place while you are in town. The studio hosts free community events such as Artful Happy Hour, and offers a host of classes for adults, teens and children in artist disciplines from stained glass and acrylic painting to pottery and mosaic.

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  From the Kite Fest on June 8 & 9 and Stutsman County Fair June 28 - July 1 to the Pipestem Creek Trail Run and Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race August 19 & 20, there are events for the entire family all summer long! For up to date information on events, see the online event calendar.

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Outdoor Recreation

Jamestown Reservoir—Located just north of Jamestown, the reservoir is a full-service resort area featuring walleye, northern pike, perch and crappie fisheries, boat ramps and docks, swimming beaches, campgrounds and picnicking areas. Photo courtesy of Jamestown Tourism.

Canoeing Quiet, meandering rivers like the James River and the Sheyenne afford easy access and pleasant scenery. James River - The James meanders throughout the area, from northeast of New Rockford down to LaMoure and southeast to the South Dakota border. Bring your own canoe and start an adventure along this gentle river. Sheyenne River­—278 miles, May-July. The Sheyenne River should not be missed by canoeists wishing to experience a variety of terrains. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Fort Ransom State Park. Lake Ashtabula—The waters of Lake Ashtabula, backed up by Bald Hill Dam also provide great fishing. Located just north of Valley City, the lake is one of the state’s best developed reservoirs. Four campgrounds surround the lake. In addition, there are eight different boat ramps.

Hiking & Biking Whether you’re looking for a short trek on a paved bike trail, a long-distance ride out on North Dakota’s scenic highways, or an exciting off-road mountain bike ride, There’s a route to meet your quest.

North Ridge Trail: A nature trail stretching 5 miles along the north edge of Pipestem Lake, winding over rolling prairie with a views of the lake and woodlands. Originally designed for horses, it is now used for hiking and biking, too. Enter on the east side of Pipestem Dam, north of the office. Overlook Trail: A beautiful view over the Jamestown Reservoir and a challenge. Unpaved and 3.5 miles, access trail near the public beach near the Marina or at Joos Grove. White Cloud Trail: A challenging trail beginning at the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge in McElroy Park and leads you along the James River, behind the summer pasture where White Cloud and the bison herd roam, and circles the North Dakota State Hospital grounds. Pipestem Trail: Pipestem Trail for hiking and biking just north of Jamestown. Take the outer circle of this challenging scenic unpaved trail for 3 miles, or really get your blood following by completing the full 8 miles. The trail begins at the east side of the Pipestem Dam, south of the office. Split Rock Trail: Named for a tree growing through a rock on the trail, Split Rock Trail is 1.8 miles of unpaved trail running parallel to the paved trail at the Jamestown Reservoir. Enter trail at the face of the dam on the east side or straight across from the Game and Fish office.

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Trail riding

One of the best ways to see south central North Dakota’s beautiful prairies is on horseback. Saddle up and enjoy the ride! Fort Ransom State Park— Located 2 miles north of Fort Ransom, the park has several riding trails, plus two horse corrals and camping areas in the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley. Sheyenne National Grassland and Little Missouri National Grassland—Horseback riding is allowed in all of the state’s national grasslands. Parkhurst Recreation Area has riding trails and horse corrals as well as camping. See details and map on page 22-23.

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Motorcycling in the James Valley is a true adventure. See the scenic and historic heritage that is uniquely North Dakota. So throttle up and start cruising! Rural Road Trips- Any of the Rural Road Trips featured on pages 29-44 offer great opportunities to hit the open road and see scenic south central North Dakota on motorcycle. The Sheyenne River Valley Byway/ Backway begins south of Valley City at the Kathryn Road Interchange, Exit 292 and follows Highway 21 southeast to Kathryn. From Kathryn, on a gravel surface, to the end of the route at Lisbon, visitors can enjoy a drive along the Sheyenne River. Recently added is Highway 21 northwest of Valley City to Bald Hill Dam. Fort Ransom State Park, 2 miles N. of Fort Ransom. 887 acres, modern and primitive camping, comfort station, campsite reservations, sewage dump station, picnicking, hiking and cross-country ski trails, amphitheatre, biking, horse corrals, canoe and kayak access and rentals.

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Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! The James Valley offers many excellent camping facilities. Here are are sampling of the many places where you can pitch a tent or park your RV and have a great time this summer in south central North Dakota!   Lakeside Marina is located just north of Jamestown on the east side of the Jamestown Reservoir. Amenities include RVs, tents, cabins, marina, fishing docks, boat launches, public beach and Little Britches Fishing Pond. Address: 3225 E. Lakeside Road; Phone: (701) 252-1183.   Sandy Beach Campground offers free primitive camping on the southwest side of Spiritwood Lake. Phone: (701) 252-7666.   Frontier Fort Campground, on the road to the Buffalo, offers sites for RVs and tents. Address: 1838 3rd Ave SE, Jamestown; (701) 252-7492.   Jamestown Campground, accessible from I-94 via Exit 256, provides RV and tent

sites. Address: 3605 80th Ave SE, Jamestown; Phone: (701) 252-6262.   Pelican Point Landing Campground is located 10 miles north of Jamestown on the Jamestown Reservoir. Includes sites for RVs and tents, cabins, marina, fishing docks, boat launches and public beach. Address: 8310 20th St SW, Jamestown; Phone: (701) 252-1451.   Spiritwood Resort and Shady Cove Campground along Spiritwood Lake has 25 RV sites with electricity, showers, sewer and swimming beach. Tent sites available. Address: 435 Spirit Inn Rd, Spiritwood; Phone: (701) 252-4963.


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This may surprise you, but North Dakotans are among the most avid golfers, with one of the highest numbers of golf courses per capita in the nation. In every corner of the state, excellent courses boast very reasonable green fees and all kinds of terrain for a variety of challenges. Here are several other golf courses in James Valley area: • Ashley—Ashley Country Club, 9 holes. • Carrington—CrossRoads Golf Course, 18 holes. • Edgeley—Edgeley Splickan Country Club, 9 holes. • Ellendale—Ellendale Country Club, 9 holes. • Gackle—Gackle Country Club, 9 holes.   • Kulm—Kulm Country Club, 9 holes. • LaMoure—Memorial Park Country Club, 9 holes. • New Rockford––New Rockford Golf Course, 9 holes. • Napoleon—Napoleon Country Club, 9 holes. • Valley City—Bjornson Park Public Golf Course, 9 holes. • Valley City Town and Country Club, 9 holes. • Wishek—Lloyd E. Rigler Golf Course, 9 holes.

  Hillcrest Golf Course is an 18-hole grass greens course on the east end of Jamestown operated by the Jamestown Parks & Recreation Department. According to Golflink. com, the course features 6,592 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70.0 and slope rating 113. Ladies Day Tuesday and Men’s Day Thursday.   The clubhouse features a pro shop, practice putting green, driving range, concessions, locker and golf car rentals, and has a conference room available for rent. The club is generally open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m, but Klaus Park Disc Golf Course is an 18-hole hours vary due to weather and daylight. course in Klaus Park with Innova Discatchers For more information or tee times call and cement tees. The course was designed (701) 252-4320. in this scenic park alongside the James and Pipestem Rivers. The course is relatively flat but the abundance of trees and water will make for some interesting technique shots.

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Points of Interest

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mile high bank clay oval. Saturday’s May -August. Stampede in September. Louis L’Amour Writers Shack, A collection of Louis L’Amour works and novels including information on L’Amour. North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, Civic Center, 212 3rd Avenue NE, Jamestown, 701252-3117. All year, M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. www. Housed at the Jamestown Civic Center, the Sports Hall of Fame honors individuals who are noted for accomplishments in athletics. Posey’s Old Time Tractors, Three miles North of Pingree, 701-285-3536. Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. An interesting collection of antique tractors.

Fort Seward Interpretive Center has many artifacts on display.

Art/Culture/Entertainment The Arts Center, 115 2nd Street SW, 701251-2496, M-F 9-5 p.m., Saturday 11-3 p.m. The arts center is a visual arts gallery featuring local, regional and national artists. Flags Across America, Fort Seward Historic Site, 603 10th Avenue NW, Jamestown, 701-251-1875. One of only 17 dedicated Flags Across America sites in the nation. The American flag flown here is 30 x 60 feet. Tours are available. Fort Seward Military Post, 603 10th Avenue NW, Jamestown, 701-251-1875. Established in 1872 to protect Northern Pacific Railroad workers. Visible remains of foundations and basements. Fort Seward Wagon Train, Box 244, Jamestown, 701-252-6307. A chance to travel for a week on an authentic western train. Frontier Village and World’s Largest Buffalo, Exit 258, off I-94; 17th Street SE, Jamestown, 701-251-9145, Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Step back in time at Frontier Village, a recreated prairie town. View the world’s largest buffalo monument, a 60-ton concrete sculpture dedicated to the American bison. Grace Episcopal Church, 407 2nd Avenue NE, Jamestown, 701-252-4499. Original portion built in 1884 of native fieldstone. The church has outstanding stained glass windows as well as a pipe organ, digital piano, and an up-to-date sound system. Jamestown Speedway, 3698 Highway 281 SE, Jamestown, 701-251-2897. One-quarter

Putnam House (above), 533 Main Street, Carrington. All year by appointment, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 2-5 p.m., 701-652-2090. Three-story historic home available for tours or private rental. Rural community cultural center fostering arts, humanities, history and people. The Basilica of St. James Catholic Church, 622 1st Avenue South, Jamestown, 701-2520119, Monday-Saturday 7:30-6 p.m., Sunday 7:30-Noon and 4:30-7:30 p.m. North Dakota’s only basilica was built in 1914. Elevated to the status as a minor basilica in 1989, because of its unique architecture and the location of the first cathedral in North Dakota (1889). Walk the Trail of Louis L’Amour Downtown Area, Self-guided walking tour of downtown Jamestown, 701-251-9145. Walk the same areas that Louis L’Amour did as a child. Historical Sites Fort Ransom State Historical Site. Three quarters of a mile southwest of Fort Ransom. 701-328-2666. This site marks the location of a 200-man military post built in 1867 by General Alfred Terry and named for Civil

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Many Bluebills migrate through the area and dot the prairie landscape.

War General Thomas Ransom. The post was active from 1867 to 1872. Fort Ransom State Park, 2 miles N. of Fort Ransom, 5981 Walt Hjelle Parkway, Fort Ransom, ND 58033, 701-973-4331. Fort Ransom is situated in the scenic Sheyenne River Valley. A scenic overlook on a park road high on the valley slope affords a spectacular motorcycling adventure of this uniquely scenic area, and a farmstead within the park provides the setting for the annual Sodbuster Days celebration, with demonstrations and exhibits of early homesteading life. Canoeing is popular on the Sheyenne River during the summer, also hiking biking, horse corrals, canoe and kayak access and rentals. 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site, 3rd Avenue SE and 5th Street SE, Jamestown, 701-328-2666. Under renovation; view from outside only. The 1883 Dakota Territory Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in North Dakota and one of two in the state built in the Gothic Revival tradition. The National Buffalo Museum portrays the evolution of the Buffalo through its display and exhibits. Look for the live herd of buffalo and the rare albino buffalo in the museum’s adjacent pasture. Be sure to browse through the Prairie Gift Shop located in the National Buffalo Museum. Stutsman County Memorial Museum, 321 3rd Avenue SE, Jamestown, 701-252-6741. Open Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 1-5 p.m. housed in the Lutz Mansion, built in 1907 by George Lutz, a prominent Jamestown business man. Features pioneer artifacts and early 1900s memorabilia.


Foster County Museum, 480 McKenzie Avenue, Carrington, 701-652-2477, Memorial Day-Labor Day, 2-5 p.m. All year by appointment. Military uniforms, household items, historic photos of Carrington and surrounding communities. Frontier Fort/Wildlife Museum, 1838 3rd Avenue SE, Jamestown, 701-252-7492. All year, Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. View American Indian Exhibits, agricultural and local and regional history. Visit the large wildlife museum with taxidermy displays and gift shop. Melzer Museum, Main Street, Woodworth, 701-752-4119. Open by appointment. Office of the late Dr. Melzer. Also contains American Indian photography. National Buffalo Museum, 500 17th Street SE, Jamestown, 701-252-8648, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; off season, Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For admission fees and other information, go online to www. All New COLORADO Diesel

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Toy Farmer Museum, 7496 106th Avenue SE, LaMoure, 701-883-5206, M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. www.toyfarmer. com. Historic barn contains collectible farm toys, displays and gift shop.

Scenic Wonders

Alkali Lake Sanctuary. From Jamestown, follow ND 20. National Audubon Society 500-acre natural prairie lake with a diversity of wildlife and excellent bird watching. Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. 281, 701-285-3341. Excellent upland bird hunting, major spring and fall waterfowl migration. Self guided auto tour. See page 29 for more info. Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 5924 19 R ST SE, Woodworth, 701-752-4218. Home of the world’s largest American White Pelican colony. See page 29 for more info Hawks Nest Ridge, 6 miles West on Highway 200, 7 1/2 miles South of Carrington, 701-6522524. The highest point in a short ridge of glacial moraine hills rises 800 feet above the surrounding prairie. The 100-acre nature park is one of the state’s official watchable wildlife areas. Jamestown Reservoir, Jamestown Area. Covers more than 2500 surface acres. Provides recreational opportunities, municipal water supply, and fish and wildlife conservation benefits. The Island at the Reservoir is now home to a new, world-class 27 hole disc golf course.

A live bison herd roams in the grassland near the National Buffalo Museum. Photo credit: Bill Tanata, Jamestown

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Pipestem Lake North Shore Parkhurst Public Use Area Woodbury Flats Prominence Point Wildlife Mgmt. Area ● Handicapped accessible





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3 Rural Road Trips


Adventure awaits in south central North Dakota! Within a 60-mile radius of Jamestown, there are many small communities and area attractions to explore. If you find yourself in the area and eager to hit the open road, consider one of these rural drives. Through the windshield you can see what rural North Dakota has to offer!





Miles: 194 Stops: 4 Drive Time: 4.5 hours Details on pages 29-32




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SOUTHWEST: QUAINT AND QUIET Miles: 217 Stops: 3 + 2 bonus Drive Time: 3.75 hours Details on pages 33-39



SCENIC AND CULTURAL Miles: 114 Stops: 2 Drive Time: 2.5 hours Details on page 40-44

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ROUGHIN’ IT! Along each road trip route, look here for places to camp or park your RV.


Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge

Located 15 miles southeast of Carrington, Arrowwood features nearly 16,000 acres of lakes, marshes, prairie grasslands, wooded coulees, cultivated fields, and shelterbelt plantings. Here are a few ways to explore the refuge: Auto Tour—There is a 5.5 mile self-guided auto tour route that winds around and through both prairie grasslands and marshlands. Brochures available at the tour entrance.

sons. There are two blinds open to the public by calling the refuge staff. Wa r b l e r Wo o d l a n d Watchable Wildlife Area, located on the southeast side of Arrowwood Lake, is a popular wildlife-watching location. Warblers are most abundant in May during spring migration. Over 20 sp ecies of warblers and many songbird species to be observed in woodland, Waterfowl and shorebirds found along the lakeshore.

Viewing Blinds—From the viewing blind you can Headquarters Hours: see a variety of wildlife. 7:30 am- 4 pm Monday to From dancing sharp-tailed Friday grouse to white tailed deer. Contact: (701)285-3341 You may see geese and tunhttps://w w w.f dra swans in the spring and fall during migration sea- refuge/Arrowwood

  Carrington City Park – Located just east of U.S. Hwy 281 in Carrington. Tent, 8 RV sites with electric, sewer, restrooms, community pool, tennis courts, disc golf course, baseball and softball fields and picnic shelters. Call (701) 652-6105.   Archie & Jessie Campbell Memorial Park Campground, New Rockford – On the north end of New Rockford off U.S. Highway 281. First come, first served with self-registration kiosk. ADA restroom and shower facilities, electricity & water hookups. Fee is $12 per night/$70 per week.   Schuster RV Park, New Rockford - Located at 521 13th St N, New Rockford. At least 23 full-service sites with water, sewer, and electric hookups. Call (701) 947-2159.

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15 mile drive from previous stop   Known as the ‘Central City’ because of its location in the central region of North Dakota, Carrington is a great place to meet for business or pleasure.   While in downtown Carrington, take time for a tour of Putnam House, a 1907 American Foursquare home built by the Putnam family. The home’s rooms reflect the spirit and style of the Putnam’s along with museum collections and other items providing a lively depiction of Foster County’s history, its people and their varied lives. Open during scheduled events and by appointment.   The historical society also operates the Foster County Museum, located at 2nd Street South and 16th Avenue.   Crossroads Golf Course, just north of the city on Hwy. 281, offers 18 holes of challenging grass greens, driving range, and clubhouse with meeting room, kitchen and bar. Winner of the Golf Digest Four Star Award for nine consecutive years and voted as one of the top 450 courses in the country by the same publication.   A 5-mile recreational trail for walking, jogging, bike riding and cross country skiing connects the golf course to the Carrington City Park within the city.   The Carrington City Park located along Hwy. 281 has a swimming pool, picnic shelters, disc golf, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoes, and new playground equipment.

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falo grass and pine oaks. Visitors can go hiking, birding and overnight camping there.    Pipestem Creek Bed and Birding near Carrington also offers tours, birding, lodging and weddings. Take part in rare bird sitings, tour private gardens and historic buildings, and experience life on a rural small grains farm.   Dakota Sun Gardens and Winery, located northeast of the city, is home to beautiful gardens, a vineyard and winery. The tasting room and gift shop offer Dakota Sun Gardens own wines and other gift items. Group tours and tastings, weddings and other special events are hosted each year.

Golfing Birding Lodging Hunting Camping Shopping History


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Dakota Sun Gardens & Winery Self-guided tours available mid-June thru Sept.

Enjoy the annual 4th of July Parade at 5 pm

  Look southwest of town as the crow flies, and “The Hawk’s Nest” will no doubt catch your eye. The area, which stands some 300 feet above the surrounding prairie is owned by the Carrington Kiwanis Club, and has one of few remaining native stands of buf-

UPCOMING EVENTS May 20 City Wide Yard Sales May 20 Classic Car Auction June 11 Van Bedaf Dairy Open House June 14-18 Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival June 21-24 Foster County Fair July 4 Independence Day Parade & Activities Sept 9 Junk Fest Sept 16 City Wide Yard Sales

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A host of tournaments are held each summer. The newer clubhouse/restuarant is open to the public. For more information call the Golf Club at (701) 947-2385.

Visitors to New Rockford this summer will find lots to do. Within the parks in our commu4th of July Celebration nity, you can enjoy tennis, basketball, camping, New Rockford-Sheyenne’s annual 4th of July picnicking, fishing, baseball, softball, or disc golf. The Eddy County Museum on 1st Avenue Celebration, July 1-4, is always a fun filled event. North is open every Sunday between Memorial The schedule includes two golf tournaments, Day and Labor Day from 1-4 pm. Explore the the Big Cup and the Red Ball, street dance, and historic church, depot and school featuring a others. The annual 4th of July events include the Firecracker 5K Run, parades starting a 10am in wide variety of artifacts. New Rockford and 11:30 at Watch the summer’s Sheyenne, and fireworks at hottest new movie releases dusk. For a complete list of at the Rockford Theatre events, go to www.cityofnedowntown. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. each Friday to Monday evening. Or get Other Events lost in a book at the Eddy July 7 - August 6: Live theNew Rockford Public Liatre performance of Wizard of brary, which also offers Oz. Tickets available at dprca. wireless internet and pubcom lic access computers. Aug 5: Chamber of ComA mile north of New Rockford you can enjoy The Gazebo is a good place for activities. merce City-Wide Garage Sales, 8 am - 2 pm a round of golf at New Rockford’s 9-hole grass Aug. 8: Lifesavers in the Park hosted by the green golf course. The course is open to the public, and cart rentals are available. Men’s night Community Ambulance Service, 5 - 7 pm. Aug. 13: Eddy County Museum Annual FundThursday and Ladies night Tuesdays during the raiser & Exhibit Unveiling, 1-4 pm summer.

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For big-city culture with small town charm, there’s no place like New Rockford. This small cultural hub is home to the Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts.   DPRCA is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary Season this year, which boasts an enchanted trip to Oz and a swingin’ holiday spectacular.   The Wizard of

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Experience Christmas Sinatra style

  This year Frank Sinatra takes center stage for the festive production of “Christmas My Way.” The four-person cast will sing and dance its way through 40 swingin’ Sinatra standards, including many classic Christmas songs.   Historic

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  The DPROz CA spans  This summer’s four historic mainstage producbuildings in tion is “The Wizard New Rockof Oz.” This classic ford’s downfavorite of stage town. and screen folThree of lows farm-grown DPRCA has produced mainstage theatre productions such as the buildings Dorothy Gail on a “Life Could Be a Dream” every summer since 1992 are a dj a c e nt magical journey of structures in self-discovery. the former Nivens block on Central Avenue,   “All of your favorite songs from the movie are which are among the oldest buildings in the there so you’ll go in knowing the music,” says small town. Productions are staged in the former Artistic Director Elliott Schwab. “We’re trying Methodist Church across the street from the to pull out all the stops for our 25th anniversa- county’s 1809 courthouse. ry so we’re going to pull from outside the comEnjoy bistro fare and espresso munity, from within the community, and we’re The Latté Lobby & Bistro serves a variety of trying to coordinate with Annette [Hovey, the salads, wraps, and flatbreads daily from 11:00 am Summer Youth Arts Director] to co-op her theto 7:00 pm. Also open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 atre arts camp kids to be our munchkins and p.m. and Sundays during productions. To place flying monkeys! It’s going to be huge.” an order, call (701) 947-5679. The coffee shop is   Wine, beer and short films this fall open at 7:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.   Immediately after the summer show closes, For a full season lineup the DPRCA will plan, prep, and pull off their and to make reservations annual Wine & Beer Tasting and Fundraiser event – the largest event of their year. In adVisit dition, the Opera House will play host to the Facebook: Dakota Prairie Regional Manhattan Short Film Festival September 29 Center for the Arts, - October 2, which has become a beloved annuOr call (701) 947-2174. al tradition to many.

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Chase Lake Wildlife Refuge 71 mile drive from previous stop

This 4,385 acre refuge is located about 10 miles northwest of Medina, North Dakota. The headquarters are three miles east of Woodworth. A plethora of pelicans- Chase Lake is best known for the Pelican nesting area. Chase Lake is North America’s largest White Pelican nesting area. The nesting pairs have numbered as many as 18,000 nesting pairs during peak years. To prevent disturbing the birds during the critical nesting period, a refuge permit is required to get closer to view or photograph the nesting activities.  

Explore on foot- All but 230 acres are designated as a wilderness area. That means there are no motor vehicles allowed, no roads, and very few changes since settlement days. There are hundreds of bird species here, including the Ferruginous Hawk, Snowy Owl, Baird’s Sparrow, and Sprogue’s Pipet. Not only does this area support an abundance of bird life but many mammals, along with a variety of reptiles and amphibians can be found here as well. For more information, call 701-752-4218.

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84 mile drive from Jamestown Located in the heart of rolling hills and open spaces, Wishek provides a great place to visit, work and live! Friendly smiles greet you, and a stable business community is there to serve you. Social, civic and recreational opportunities abound! Join us for a visit, do business with us, or even come to stay. Just one experience will have you saying, “Why Wishek? Why Not!” Wishek offers incredible hunting, birding and recreational activities. We pride ourselves on our small town hospitality. Whether you are looking for the big buck or casting your line in one of our several nearby lakes, we offer a little something for everyone. Imagine visiting a community where a simple conversation can reveal the proud German Russian heritage that built our won-

derful state...where the beautiful rolling prairies surround you in all directions, and where you are among friendly folks who are glad you came! Play with your children in the park or enjoy a leisurely stroll around our clean, quiet community on a warm, breezy summer evening where friends wave and smile back. If you are a hunter, a fisherman, a birder, or simply enjoy clean air and natural beauty, you owe yourself and your family a trip to Wishek.

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From Wishek, travel 5 miles west on Hwy. 13, then turn right onto 37th Ave SE and go 10 miles north. Then turn right onto 71st St SE, and stay on pavement and follow the signs! This rural oasis northwest and waterfowl. See more http://www.parkrec. of Wishek is a great place at to enjoy the beautiful Dakota outdoors. es/blsp_water_birds.jpg. HikingThe Here are five things to do  4) non-motorized trail syswhile in the park:   1) Boating/canoeing- tem covers 5.34 miles with If you’re looking for a loops and connecting segrelaxing day on the lake, ment trails for hiking and the quiet waters of Beaver biking. A self-guided nature trail is open to hikLake will not disappoint.   2) Fishing- Throw out ing only. Surface is grass, out a line for Black Crap- dirt or hard-packed sinpie, Largemouth Bass, gle-track. Northern Pike or Yellow   5) Camping- Camping is a popular activity Perch.   3) Watching water- at the park. Tent and RV birds- Beaver Lake pro- sites and three cabins are vides food, nesting, forag- available. Reserve online at ing and resting habitat for more than 20 species of sp/services/public/main. shorebirds, wading birds htm or call (800) 807-4723

Lake Hoskins RV Park & Campground, Ashley - 700 1st Ave NW, features RV sites with electricity, primitive camp sites, bathroom facility, and boat dock.   Beaver Creek Recreation Area, Linton - On the north side of Beaver Bay on Lake Oahe, west of Linton off Highway 1804. Full-service campground with electrical hookups, dump station, boat ramp, fish cleaning station, bathroom, playground, picnic shelters and horseshoe pit. Fees range from $14 - $16 per night. For reservations, call (701) 255-0015. Oster Park, Ellendale – Electrical and water available, no reservations required. Located at 5th Avenue and 7th Street North, Ellendale.   West Side Mobile Court, Ellendale - Located on Highway 11 West. Electrical, water & sewer hookups. Phone: (701) 349-3234

Security State Bank 102 Centennial St. N Wishek (701) 452 - 2314

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Ashley Medical Center McIntosh County Bank

Cornerstone of the Community

Ashley (701)288-3491

Zeeland (701)423-5616



The community of Ashley is located in rural, south central North Dakota, approximately 6 miles from the South Dakota border. The community supports a population of 882 according to the 2000 census, but draws from a much larger rural area for their labor force. Economic development and job creation are truly priorities for this progressive city. During the early 1880s there was a great influx of immigrants from the various countries of western and northern Europe into the prairie states of the middle western United States. Many of these immigrants were of German descent, but came to the Dakotas from Russia where they lived in colonies and retained their German language and customs. Settlers made their homesteads on the shores of a beautiful lake and named their community Hoskins. Wagon boxes were turned upside down and used for shelter until oxen hauled lumber from

“working for a healthier you” 612 Center Ave N Ashley, ND 58413

(701)288-3433 26 mile drive from Wishek far away towns for the roofs of sod houses and barns. In 1898, the Soo Line Railroad was extended from Kulm, west through Lehr, and finally to Bismarck. With the coming of railroads, new towns sprang up, and markets closer to the farms were opened. With the coming of the railroad, however, the citizens of Hoskins chose to pick up their town and move it three miles to the East, where they founded Ashley, named after Milwaukee Railroad executive Ashley Morrow, in 1888. In 2007 Ashley received FHLB Des Moines 2007 C ap i t a l C o m munity Award. Communities are chosen that are different from one another and use vision, planning and teamwork to revitalize or sustain their local economies. As a community, we are committed to updating our infrastructure and housing. We have completed a major water and sewer upgrade, which included an extensive upgrade of our water treatment plant Famous Homemade Sausage • Homemade Kuchen & Pastries


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and encompassed the majority of the water lines and many of the sewer lines within the community, which includes initiating state legislation that was successfully passed to allow communities to build moderate income housing. This is especially a strong need in rural communities. There also funding options available within the community to purchase existing housing or build new housing and other state and regional housing funding options. The city has existing lots and developable land available to provide for housing and industrial building needs. We have a quality Main Street in our community that demonstrates a community pride that many other communities are envious of and we have worked to help local businesses update their retail and service. We completed a Main Street project in recent years with Main Street being totally resurfaced. We worked with ND Dept. of Transportation for reconstructing the sidewalks, curbs and gutters as well as putting in new lighting and enhancements. We have been actively pursuing an aggressive community economic development plan for Ashley. We have opened a plastics

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manufacturing company that is small but growing. We have graduated more than 10 licensed practical nurses from a distance learning program that enabled the participants to stay in Ashley and receive all of their training, which was a pilot program in the state. Ashley was named after Milwaukee Railroad executive Ashley Morrow in 1888. Since then, the community has held on tightly to its rich German-Russian roots for well over 100 years, while leading area communities in technological advances that will ensure their survival in the 21st century. The city prides itself on preservation of the heritage it was built on and embraces that foundation while possessing an aggressive attitude toward the future.

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42 miles from Ashley 64 mile drive to Jamestown In the heart of pheasant country near the South Dakota border is the flourishing community of Ellendale, North Dakota.   Well-positioned at the junction of US Hwy 281 and Hwy 11, Ellendale is both the Dickey County seat and home to Trinity ing collection of artifacts and memorabilia of the Ellendale area. In 2002, a 36x80 addiBible College. tion was built adjacent to the Coleman MeBusiness community Enhancing the growing business commu- morial Museum. This houses the artifacts nity are two medical clinics and a dental clin- from the Depot Museum. It is handicapped ic, three hotels and two retirement homes; accessible with access from the old building three banks and a regional telecommuni- to the new building. The museum is open cations company. The community is served Tuesdays from 4 - 8 pm and Fridays from by an ambulance service, police department 1 - 4 pm June thru September. For tours, call and volunteer Fire Department, a Chamber Jeannette at (701) 349-4329. Golfing of Commerce and senior citizen center. South of town on Hwy. 281 is the EllenEnjoy a hearty Sunday buffet, ethnic food buffet Friday night, and delicious food and dale Country Club with its lovely clubhouse, drinks daily at the Fireside Family Restau- built in 2008. The club and course are open to the public. Guests and members are inrant & Lounge on U.S. Hwy. 281. vited to warm up on the driving range and Local attractions Ellendale boasts a modern swimming then enjoy a round or two on the 9-hole pool and park facilities, historical society, course. The course is beautifully maintained public library, and museum. Nearby, hunt- and features grass greens, notting hills and watered fairways.The Ellendale Country ing and fishing opportunities abound. For a bit of history, visit the Coleman Club is open April 15 - October 15, starting Museum. The building houses an outstand- at 9 am daily. The clubhouse has a full bar and grill. For more information about Ellendale, visit

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  The Opera House Lobby is the site for many art and culture events in Ellendale.

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and private parties throughout the year. The new façade on the front windows was installed in 2010.   The second floor auditorium is the next target for renovation, with a new subfloor put down in recent years. Once the second level is complete, the main level will become the lobby for the auditorium, which seats up to 1,000 people.   A variety of events are held there throughout the year. To take a tour of the Opera House, stop by Crabtree Insurance or Calico Cat, both on Main Street in Ellendale.

Ellendale Historic Opera House

The Ellendale Opera House is a three-story structure built in 1908 by a group of local businessmen who were planning for the future of the town. The building hosted traveling theatre productions and a range of other events throughout the 1900’s, including high school and college plays, graduations, dances, wrestling and boxing matches. Left empty for twenty years from the 1980’s until 2002, the building was in disrepair when a local non-profit, O.P.E.R.A., Inc, acquired the building from the city and began renovation efforts.   Now, more than a decade later, the main level is now a performing arts theatre, exhibit hall and community room. The Opera House Lobby, as it has been named, is used for art exhibits, theatrical performances

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Instead of going southeast to Ashley and Ellendale, take Hwy. 13 west from Wishek to Linton!

Small town hospitality with big city amenities! This clean, progressive community is doing well and the future is as bright as ever. Situated in south central North Dakota, Linton is one of the most well known rural communities in the state of North Dakota. With virtually zero crime and pollution, this small town atmosphere provides an excellent place to raise a family without the stress of big city living.

  Just 2 miles west of Linton is the gorgeous Linton Country Club, and you don't need to call for a tee time. If you enjoy hunting, the area is nationally known for pheasant hunting and has an abundant deer population. This is just the beginning; walking and biking trails, a fitness center and a spacious pool are just a few more of the area amenities. Seeman Park, open from early spring to late fall, is one mile east and 1/2 mile south of Linton on Highway Linton is becoming more and more 13. The park features overnight camppopular for people looking for a slow- ing, shower facilities, barbecue grills, er pace while providing an opportunity sheltered picnic areas,a pavilion, an to have more time to enjoy life. Linton outdoor stage, a playground for the chilis located only a short 15 miles from dren and a nice softball field. The heart the Beaver Bay campground and Lake of Seeman Park is Beaver Creek, which Oahe. winds its way through the entire park. Linton was named after George W. Lynn. "Lynn" and "town" were combined Hunting Licenses to form Linton and since George wasn't too happy about the town being named after him, they changed the spelling to Linton. Presently, the town has 1,300 residents. For more information, go online to


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Start your road trip with a leisurely drive down the Chan SanSan Scenic Backway. There are several points of interest along the 32-mile backroad: • Heinrich-Martin DamBuilt in 1968. Features picnic shelters, a swimming area and excellent fishing. • Double Pony Truss Bridge-this rare bridge was restored, and an interpretive sign on the site offers a glimpse of early life in LaMoure County. • LaMoure County Courthouse- photo at right

• Red Wing Paddleboat-Built in 1914 and used on the James River for some time, this paddleboat was restored in 1971 and now rests near the James River at LaMoure for the public to enjoy.


Adrian RV Park, Adrian, ND. Just off County Road 63, behind/adjacent to The Field. Nine sites available with electricity and water; five sites have sewer. Features a dump station, playground, ball field, and horseshoes nearby. Just 2 miles from Heinrich-Martin Dam for fishing, boating (electric motors only). New site with young trees. For reservations, call (701)778-5111 or email Cost is $20/night. Dam Site Campground, LaMoure – located on the southwest end of LaMoure along the James River. Includes tent and three RV sites.   Memorial Park, LaMoure - Located 12 miles northwest of LaMoure on County Rd. 61. Campgrounds with electric hook-ups, concession stand and playground equipment. Home of the LaMoure County Museum and LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater. Edgeley Campground – Two areas north and east of Weaver Park have nearly 30 full-service sites at $15 per night. All sites have electricity, water, sewer and cable TV; 50 Amp service available for larger campers.

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54 mile drive from Jamestown via Chan SanSan Scenic Backway   The LaMoure area has a variety to offer, from our beautiful lake and parks to tours of the Toy Farmer Museum and Hutterian Brethern Colonies. Also in LaMoure you can tour our County Courthouse, which is on the National Register of Historical Places. The LaMoure County Memorial Park, a short drive from LaMoure, located south of Grand Rapids, is filled with many things to do and see. Fort Ransom and Fullerton are also two communities in our area that have unique touring. Lake LaMoure Lake LaMoure is located 5 miles south of LaMoure. Four seasons of fun can be found here. In the spring, the waters are great for fishing. In the summer, the lake comes alive with boats, jet skis, fishermen and swimmers. Public boat ramp and campground with electric hook-ups.   Lake LaMoure has some beautiful, secluded canoeing areas. A popular canoe run has been the James River, starting in Grand Rapids and canoeing down to the James River Damsite in LaMoure. You need to bring your own canoe though, as we don’t have rentals.

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James River Damsite Park Located on the southwest side of town along the James River is the James River Damsite Park. Take a minute to relax and enjoy a picnic in the secluded picnic shelter overlooking the James River. Many days you can find pelicans floating on the river. This is a popular area for fishing in both summer and winter.   Sunset Park   Located on the northwest edge of LaMoure, Sunset Park is the location of many community events. It offers many picnic shelters, modern playgound equipment, swimming pool, and modern bathroom facilities. The park is located right next to the Leroy Good Softball Complex. Toy Farmer Museum Visitors to LaMoure County are welcome to tour the Toy Farmer Museum, which occupies the big red barn on the Scheibe farm four miles east and two miles south of LaMoure, N.D.   During their many years of toy farming, founders Claire and Cathy Scheibe gathered some interesting pieces that farm toy collectors won’t see on most other shelves. In fact thousands of replica tractors, farm implements, trucks, and construction equipment fill glass cases throughout the museum. Visitors will also find Claire Scheibe’s personal belt buckle collection, commemorative Toy Farmer and Toy Trucker & Contractor magazine covers

LaMoure Foods, Inc. 10220 Hwy. 13 • LaMoure 701-883-5361

First State Mall • LaMoure 701-883-5321

Mon.- Sat 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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house and display the memorabilia and historical artifacts of this area. Items have been donated by local and other interested people.   An old country school house was also restored in 1997 and an additional building was constructed to house the many other agriculture related items that have been donated through the years. The museum is open on weekends, on Toy Farmer Museum days of the LaMoure County Summer along the walls, and a variety of other promo- Musical Theater productions from Metional and specialty items produced by Toy morial Day through Labor Day and other days by appointment. Contact the park Farmer Ltd. superintendent at (701) 883-5856 to make LaMoure County Memorial Park Located 5 miles north of Grand Rap- an appointment. ids, nestled in the James River Valley, you will find the LaMoure County Memorial Park. The Park features many attractions, including being the home of the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater. In addition, you can enjoy the county museum, camping and picnicking facilities, playground area, tennis courts, and ball diamonds. Neighboring the park you will find one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the area. The park LaMoure County Museum is open May 15 - September 15 with gates open from 7am-10pm (or 1 hour after the LaMoure County Summer Summer Musical theater performance). Musical Theater

Beyond a lovely ravine in the LaMLaMoure County Museum oure County Memorial Park is the LaMThe LaMoure County Museum is an historical building purchased in 1981 to oure County Summer Musical Theater. The theater entertains people with live performances throughout the summer months. The casting for these plays are from our area’s local talent. Taking in a theater performance at the LaMoure County Summer Musical Theater is an experience everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy at least once! Go online to for performances and OFFICE 701-883-5271 dates. FAX 701-883-4453 GREENIRONEQUIPMENT.COM TOLL FREE 877-893-5271

LaMoure Drug Store “Where Customers Come First”

First State Mall, LaMoure


119 Main Street SE • LaMoure • 701.883.8282

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21 mile drive from LaMoure Edgeley is a vital community located in the Coteaus and Prairie Region of North Dakota, 38 miles south of Jamestown at the junction of Hwy. 281 & 13. Hunting and fishing are very popular pastimes in this area. We offer fantastic duck hunting, pheasant hunting, whites, blues and Canada geese hunting, grouse, partridge and dove hunting, coyote hunting and whitetail deer hunting for both the gun and archery enthusiasts. Our lakes and dams offer great fishing for walleye, northern pike, perch, crappies and bluegills. If you’d like to try canoening, the scenery our agricultural rural plains area offers is beautiful and exciting to explore by canoe on rivers and streams here.

H. Douglas Weaver Lions Memorial Park

on a first come, first serve basis. Bathroom and shower facilities are available at the pool. The park was dedicated on June 17, 2005, and is also the host of SummerFest Celebrations in July and August, bringing great food and good music to the public!

Whitestone Hill Battlefield

If history interests you, visit south of Edgeley. On September 3, 1863, the U.S. Calvary troops Weaver Park, Pool and Campground Edgeley’s city park features playground engaged in a fierce battle with the Yanktonai and equipment, a picnic shelter and numerous picnic Hunkpapa Sioux Indians on the Dakota Territotables, an outdoor basketball court and a sand ry land under the command of General Alfred Sully. The tragic Battle at Whitestone Hill lasted for two hours. It’s believed that 20 men from Sully’s troops were killed and 50-60 wounded. Between 150 and 300 Sioux also lost their lives in the battle. A museum was built on the site in 1941. The Whitestone Historical Society hosts an annual summer event at the site each year to commemorate this battle.

Triple R Arena

Edgeley has one of the largest outdoor pools in the state, featuring this tall waterslide.

volleyball court. The main attraction in the park is its swimming pool, which was built in 2012 and is one of the largest in the state. Splash down or take a ride on the waterslide! Open June - August. The campground located on the north and east sides of the pool is open from early spring to late fall, with 28 full-service sites available

If horse events are on your list, check out upcoming events at Triple R Arena. Various events are held there throughout the summer and fall, including mounted shooting, a horse show and rodeo. North Dakota’s invigorating winter days and inevitable snowfall give us the opportunity to offer you snowmobiling, ice-fishing escapades, sledding and skating, skiing and snowshoeing adventures. Edgeley also offers golfing, baseball, softball and much more. For more information about events in Edgeley, email

Wright Insurance Agency The “Wright” Choice Mike Janke, CPIA, Owner 509 Main St., Edgeley 701-493-2541

KULM, ND • 701-647-2712 EDGELEY, ND • 701-493-2817 ATM at Cenex • Hwy. 13 & 281 Junction

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Hwy. 281 SW • 2612 8th Ave SW

Jamestown, ND • 701-253-9700

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& Lounge • Restaurant • Lounge • Banquets • Weddings • Meeting Rooms • Off Sale • Catering

Restaurant Hours: 8 am to 2 pm - 7 days Lounge Hours: Mon-Sat: 4 pm to 2 am Serving food from 5 pm to 9 pm


Located in the Gladstone Motel 111 2nd St. NE • Jamestown, ND

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FLY JAMESTOWN… Jamestown Regional Airport is proud to offer commercial airline service with United operated by SkyWest, utilizing a CRJ 200

FOR TICKET OR FLIGHT INFORMATION 800-864-8331 • Local: 701-252-1823 Jamestown Regional Airport offers non-stop commercial airline service to Denver on United Express. This means you can easily connect with fights traveling around the world while enjoying the convenience of flying from Jamestown. Jamestown Airport offers quality check-ins, short security lines, free coffee, and wireless internet. FREE PARKING

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Photo By John Steiner

W part of the legend

e invite you to experience the charm and hospitality offered as Jamestown continues its tradition as home to some of the best recreational, historical and cultural activities in the Dakotas.  The Jamestown Civic Center/CVB full-time staff is committed to providing the support services and necessary tools to make your event a success. We would be honored to host your next meeting, event, or convention, where we invite you to “Be part of the legend!” The Jamestown Civic Center was built in 1973, seats up to 6,500 people and has 10 separate meeting rooms. From professional to personal, corporate to festive, any gathering can be ideally accommodated. Our 48,000 square foot facility is available for a large variety of events, including trade shows, headline entertainers, conventions and banquets.

• Pre-Event Planning and Bids • Facilitate Site Inspections • Publicity • Guest Activities • Pre-promotion Attendance Builders • Liaison to Public Officials • Promotional Items • Special Assistance


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