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North Dakota Off The Beaten Path

  • Salem Sue: The World's Largest Holstein...

    Just outside the small town of New Salem, North Dakota on School Hill stands Salem Sue, "The World's Largest Holstein Cow." She is 38 feet high, is 50 feet long, and weighs about six tons. New Salem, population 900, is a leading dairy center in North Dakota. Salem Sue was built in 1974 for approximately $40.000 by local residents, dairymen, farmers...

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  • Take some of the backroads in...

    Take some of the backroads in North Dakota. Many old farmsteads have buildings still standing, and you can practically feel the old ghosts talking to you. Even many of the current farms have a bucolic quality. This farm is on a scenic drive that follows the Sheyenne river from Valley City to Fort Ransom.

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  • White Butte: Highest Point in North...

    I would never have gone to White Butte if it were not for my goal to visit the highest point in every state. White Butte, 3,506-feet, is not in a park, but on the private Van Eason Farm. No road or established trail leads to the top of White Butte. The only way to get there is to park at the Van Eason home and hike along a cow trail, about 3/4 mile...

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  • International Peace Garden

    It certainly is out of the way, on the border with Manitoba just south of Brandon. It is west of the (so-called) Turtle Mountains, actually mere lumps that are one of the few places in the eastern half of the state that goes up. The gardens are lovely in the summer, and anyone who goes there gets their picture taken on a bench on the border, one...

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  • Drive the "Enchanted Highway"

    This road runs from Gladstone (exit 72 on Interstate 94) south to the town of regent. It is filled with various metal sculptures and is actually adds some excitement to an otherwise boring drive. This falls into the "Ball of Twine" category for me, that is: If you would drive somewhere to see a ball of twine, you will probably like this, if not,...

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  • Prairie Dogs

    Always a family favorite. Prairie Dogs are highly socialized rodents. They live in communities of up to hundreds of members. They tirelessly tunnel under the prairie, building an interconnected complex of warrens. The communities are known as prairie dog towns. It is useless to try to approach prairie dogs because they will pop down into their...

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  • Threshers, we got your threshers

    At the southern end of the "Enchanted Highway" is the smaller than small town of Regent, population two hundred and change. The only sight that I could make out in Regent was this ancient thresher. Interestingly enough, it was purchased by H.G. Anderson in 1925 (I could have sworn old H.G. bought it back in '23). Oh well, you find your fun where...

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  • Typical one-horse town

    Stanton, North Dakota: population 516. Seventy miles from Bismarck and hundreds of miles from anywhere else. A pleasant enough place in the summer, but one wonders what do the locals do in the dead of winter when the winds roll across the prairies and the temperatures dip well below zero.

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  • Red Crown Gasoline

    I love this place. No, it is not a service station circa 1954. It is a rest stop circa 2002. In Minnesota and in most states in the U.S. we have very bland rest stops with the requisite map, drinking fountain (by the way who is brave enough to drink from a fountain at a rest stop?) and bathrooms. In North Dakota they have decided to jazz up the...

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  • Ukranians

    It seems odd that there would be a Ukranian Catholic church in the boonies of western North Dakota dozens of miles from the nearest town. But we had learned at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck that as of 1900 Ukranians comprised the second largest ethnic group in North Dakota (Norwegians being the frontrunners), therefore while pleased...

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  • Grotto at the St. Demetrius Church

    This is the type of scene that before VT, I would have looked at, enjoyed, pondered on the oddity of a grotto in the isolated backwoods of North Dakota and then promptly forgot. Instead I took the photo and when the film came back from processing I saw the picture and once again remembered the strange sight.

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  • Buffalo

    Known also as bison. Buffalo thrived in the high plains areas of North America. Their numbers in the mid nineteenth century stood at approximately 60 million. Then the white man began the slaughter. They were hunted to the verge of extinction. Today buffalo roam free only in national or state parks. A male buffalo (bull) is indeed a sight. The...

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  • A cactus in North Dakota? How wierd is...

    Strange but true. The arid parts of western North Dakota supports the prickly pear cactus. I didn't realize that a cactus could withstand subzero temperatures, but obviously they can and do. The western part of the state only collects an avaerage of 12-15 inches of annual precipitation.

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  • Geographical centre of North America!

    After spending a year at the University of New Brunswick, I returned to BC with some classmates. We drove across the country in a Volkswagon van. As we passed through Rugby, North Dakota, we spotted this cairn; Rugby is, apparently, the geographical centre of the continent!

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  • Just off the city of...

    Just off the city of JAMESTOWN, there is a 're-built' far west town with lots of beautiful replicas of stores/habitations and...believe it or not...a Buffalo Museum !

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  • Visit Sully's Hill National...

    Visit Sully's Hill National Game Preserve near Devil's Lake to see what remains of the bison.The world's largest bison is in the National Buffalo Museum just north of Jamestown.

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  • #THE OLD FARM HOUSE...AND MY...

    #THE OLD FARM HOUSE...AND MY RENTAL CAR...*******WE NOW GO FOR THE BIG ONE: MONTANA!

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  • #THE HIKE BEGINS AT THE...

    #THE HIKE BEGINS AT THE FARMHOUSE, A RATHER RUN DOWN AND JUNKY FARMHOUSE, OF MS. BUZALSKY. THERE WAS NO ONE HOME WHEN I PULLED UP, SO I GATHERED MY CAMERA AND WATER AND HIKED THROUGH HER FALLOW FIELD FOR A MILE OR SO, BEFORE ASCENDING THE WHITE COLORED BUTTES, AND TO THE HIGHEST BUTTE...WHICH IRONICALLY IS GREEN.MS. BUZALSKY WAS STILL NOT HOME WHEN...

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  • #THE SUMMIT. NOTE THE SIGN...

    #THE SUMMIT. NOTE THE SIGN MEMORIALIZING THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ONE LARRY BUZALSKY, WHO USED TO BE A NEARBY PROPERTY OWNER.

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  • #THE HIGH POINT IS WHITE...

    #THE HIGH POINT IS WHITE BUTTE...ELEVATION IS 3506 FEET...HIKE IS 3.8 MILES...MY HIKING TIME WAS TWO HOURS AND FORTY FIVE MINUTES.

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  • The geographical center of...

    The geographical center of North America is in Rugby, North Dakota. There is a marker testifying to that very fact in the parking lot of a local gas station. When the owner bought a gas station across the street, the geographical center of North America moved across the street as well.

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  • The Turtle Mountains in...

    The Turtle Mountains in northern North Dakota are a great winter recreation area if you like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. This is 'Tommy the Turtle' in Bottineau, North Dakota.

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  • There are two historic lift...

    There are two historic lift bridges on the North Dakota-Montana border. This one spans the Yellowstone River east of Fairview, Montana.

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  • Fort Ransom, North Dakota has...

    Fort Ransom, North Dakota has something pretty unique in it's town museum. A local man gave the museum his ball-point pen collection which entirely covers the walls of one of the museums rooms. If you've ever stopped to take a picture of a chicken statue on the roadside, or a large ball of twine, or drove miles out of the way to see some petrified...

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