Today's travels were just a straight shot along Interstate 94. Since it was mostly grasslands and farms, the good people of North Dakota decided to place some interesting giant statues along the Interstate to give us something to look forward to.
Besides a few pointed hills and some rolling grassy hills, they have what they call "Prairie Potholes". You can read about these freshwater marshes here.
Then I spotted something high atop a hill, in the distance. Why it's "Salem Sue", the world's largest Holstein Cow, located in New Salem, North Dakota. She is described here on
About halfway, we came to Bismarck, ND and decided to stop at the Elks Lodge for lunch and to collect another lodge pin. We enjoyed more views of the Missouri River along the way.
Okay time for another unusual siting of something fun for the travelers. This time it is a giant Sandhill Crane in Steele, ND. Because of all the Prairie Potholes, this area is a refuge for sea birds, including Sandhill Cranes.
I found this interesting article about North Dakota The Prairie Pothole Region, Central North Dakota's Womanly Meadow
We arrived at our campground, Frontier Fort, which is a tourist attraction. Here is where we found our third giant. This is a giant Buffalo that was erected in 1959 in Frontier Village, and probably cannot be seen from the Interstate.
I found this article about The Enchanted Highway, Regent ND. The one piece we we saw is called "Geese in Flight". So next time through North Dakota, we will have to take this side road to see the others.
After setting up, we went to visit Jamestown Elks, who were of course very friendly to out-of-state visitors. As more people came into the lodge, they were all buying rounds. Since I had asked about a lodge pin, someone called one of the officers to come in after their golf game so he cold get one for me.
I was talking to one of them about Genealogy, and she was asking lots of questions about how to get started, saying she had Swedish heritage like most of the people in town. I told her to look for a Facebook Group on Swedish Genealogy, and she looked on her smartphone and she found one. This area is mostly Sweedish descendants from late 1800’s immigration.