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Jamestown, North Dakota
—  City  —
World's Largest Buffalo Statue in Jamestown
Location of Jamestown, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°54′20″N 98°42′11″W / 46.90556°N 98.70306°W / 46.90556; -98.70306
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Stutsman
Founded 1872
 - Mayor Clarice Liechty
 - Total 12.5 sq mi (32.4 km2)
 - Land 12.5 sq mi (32.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,407 ft (429 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 15,527
 - Density 1,246.7/sq mi (481.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 58401, 58402, 58405
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-40580[1]
GNIS feature ID 1029648[2]

Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County[3]. The population was 15,527 at the 2000 census, making it the seventh largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.



Jamestown is located at 46°54′20″N 98°42′11″W / 46.90556°N 98.70306°W / 46.90556; -98.70306 (46.905641, -98.702994)[4] at the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.4 km² (12.5 mi²). 32.2 km² (12.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.40%) is water.

The James River, a Missouri River tributary, in Jamestown

Jamestown Regional Airport serves the city, and provides scheduled flights to all major North Dakotan metropolitan areas, as well as chartered flights out of state.


In 1872, the U.S. Army established Fort Seward, a small post garrisoned by three companies (about 120 men) of the Twentieth Infantry Regiment, on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek. The fort guarded the crossing of the James by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The fort only lasted five years, being decommissioned in 1877 - but the railroad remained, establishing a repair yard that was among the city's main industries until the 1960s. The city was founded in 1872 and incorporated in 1883. According to the local museum, Anton Klaus named Jamestown after his hometown, Jamestown, Virginia, due to the fact that it reminded him of the beautiful colony.


Jamestown has a strong manufacturing base as well as agriculture, retail and wholesale businesses. Notable companies headquartered in Jamestown include ACI (Agri-Cover, Inc.), Dura Tech Industries, and Midwestern Machine.


Jamestown is the home of the World's Largest Buffalo. This cement statue, originally built as an art class project by a group of Jamestown College students in 1958, now overlooks the city as the centerpiece of a tourist attraction called the Frontier Village. The Village is also home to the National Buffalo Museum and houses White Cloud, an albino buffalo, considered a sacred and lucky omen by many Native Americans. White Cloud lives with her daughter, Princess Winona, amongst a herd of fellow buffalo. In August 2007, White Cloud gave birth to a bull calf that is also white. On January 8, 2008, a naming ceremony was held giving the new calf the name of Dakota Miracle.

Much of the city's cultural life revolves around Jamestown College, and the Jamestown Arts Center in downtown Jamestown, a home-grown art gallery and performance space that showcases regional visual arts and local performers.




Jamestown is served by the Jamestown Public Schools. The system operates five elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school. Louis L'Amour Elementary School is named for the popular western writer Louis L'Amour who was born in Jamestown. There are also two private elementary schools in Jamestown; Saint John's Academy, a K-6 Catholic school, and Hillcrest School, a Seventh-day Adventist school.

The Jamestown High School Marching Band has been recognized nationally for many years, travelling to many locations around the United States.

Higher education

Jamestown College is a private liberal arts college loosely affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located on the north side of town. Its current enrollment is approximately 1,000. It is notable for having been a co-educational institution from its founding in 1883.

Special education

On the northwest side of the city and almost adjacent to the site of historic Fort Seward is The Anne Carlsen Center (formerly known as the "Crippled Children's School"). A privately funded residential school, it has long been one of the country's leading centers for treatment and education of severely handicapped children. Because of the school's locale, Jamestown became the first city in America to require wheelchair cutouts in newly-constructed sidewalk curbs.


Jamestown Reservoir, a series of three, interlocking, 12-mile-long artificial lakes formed by a dam on the James River on the north end of the city, is home to watersports and recreational fishing. The James River is the longest unnavigable river in the world, and in fact, its original name in the local Native American dialect literally means, "unnavigable river". Jamestown is home to two 18 hole golf courses—Hillcrest Golf Course and Jamestown Country Club—as well as the Jamestown Civic Center, which hosts concerts, Jamestown College basketball games, other large events, and the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame; other sporting facilities include Jack Brown Stadium, one of North Dakota's historic baseball parks. Jamestown is also home to two disc golf courses, an 18 hole recreational course in Klaus Park, and a 27 hole championship course on the island and surrounding land in the Jamestown Reservoir. The Island Course was the site of the 8th Annual North Dakota Disc Golf Championships in 2007.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 6,627
1930 8,187 23.5%
1940 8,790 7.4%
1950 10,697 21.7%
1960 15,163 41.8%
1970 15,385 1.5%
1980 16,280 5.8%
1990 15,571 −4.4%
2000 15,527 −0.3%
Est. 2008 14,630 −5.8%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 15,527 people, 6,505 households, and 3,798 families residing in the city. The population density was 481.5/km² (1,246.7/mi²). There were 6,970 housing units at an average density of 216.2/km² (559.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.84% White, 0.36% African American, 1.21% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German (54.0%), Norwegian (22.4%), Irish (9.0%), English (6.6%), Swedish (4.1%), Russian (3.8%). Many area families cite their heritage as "Germans from Russia," in reference to ethnic Germans who settled in the Russian Empire in the 18th century, many of whose descendents emigrated to the United States in the late 19th century.

There were 6,505 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution is 21.7% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,500, and the median income for a family was $42,245. Males had a median income of $28,310 versus $20,225 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,686. About 6.5% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.



The local paper is the Jamestown Sun. Unlike many small town papers which are published on a weekly or semi-weekly basis, the Sun is a daily.


Over the air

Channel Digital
Call sign Affiliation Owner City Notes
2 K02DD ABC Forum Communications Jamestown (rebroadcasts WDAY Fargo)
7 (RF 7) KJRR Fox Red River Broadcasting Jamestown (rebroadcasts KVRR Fargo)
9 K09JM NBC Hoak Media Corporation Jamestown (rebroadcasts KVLY-TV Fargo)
19 (RF 20) KJRE PBS Prairie Public Broadcasting Ellendale


AM Radio

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
600 AM KSJB -- Classic country Chesterman Communications Jamestown
1400 AM KQDJ ESPN Radio Two Rivers Broadcasting Jamestown

FM Radio

FM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
90.7 FM K214BX -- Christian
AFR (WAFR) translator
American Family Association Jamestown Jamestown
91.5 FM KPRJ -- Prairie Public/NPR
News/classical music
Prairie Public Broadcasting Jamestown Jamestown
93.3 FM KSJZ Kiss 93.3 Adult Contemporary Chesterman Communications Jamestown Jamestown
95.5 FM KYNU Big Dog Country Country Two Rivers Broadcasting Jamestown/Valley City Jamestown
97.1 FM K246AM Life 97.9 Cont. Christian music
KFNW-FM translator
Horizon Christian Fellowship Jamestown Jamestown
98.3 FM KXGT Sunny 98.3 Adult Contemporary Two Rivers Broadcasting Jamestown Carrington
101.1 FM KQDJ Q101 Top 40 (CHR) Two Rivers Broadcasting Jamestown/Valley City Valley City
103.1 FM KRVX 103.1 The Raven Rock Two Rivers Broadcasting Jamestown/Valley City Wimbledon

Notable residents


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