“Feed the Buffalo” Raising Money for Buffalo Monument Renovations


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N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – With Jamestown Tourism prepared for the summer tourists, plans have been made to ensure one of the area’s biggest draws can remain intact for the next several years.

“Dakota Thunder”, the large buffalo monument that has earned Jamestown the “Buffalo City” moniker, is in need of renovations.¬†Jamestown Tourism Executive Director Searle Swedlund reported that the buffalo now has 10 different coats of paint on it.

In 2016, Swedlund stated that a makeover would be required to maintain the sculpture. He estimated it could cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 and says that the City and Tourism would have around 10 years to raise money.

One of the ways that Tourism is raising money is a “Feed the Buffalo” initiative.

Swedlund says they have a plan to set up a fun way that individuals would be able to help donate to the project. Money will be accepted in a mini replica of the monument that will react when a monetary donation is made.

Swedlund says this preservation along with others will be important for the future of Jamestown Tourism.

For more information, you can contact the Jamestown Tourism Office at 701-252-9145.

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