One of the objectives of our current trip is to tour states that we have never visited. We have now crossed Wisconsin and Minnesota off that list and are on to number three, North Dakota.
We left the Minneapolis area early on Monday and drove about 250 miles to Fargo, ND, just across the Red River from Minnesota. While we had no reason to visit Fargo, it was a comfortable drive for us and it’s always interesting to visit a new town. There aren’t any real good RV parks in the area but they have a fairgrounds that seemed to offer everything we needed, which isn’t much. They don’t take reservations but we called ahead just to be sure there was no big event happening at the fairgrounds that would fill the RV area. The person answering the phone said that they just finished a car show on Sunday and a few people were staying for a Tony Stewart day, whatever that is, on Wednesday but she was sure there were a few pull-through sites available. So we pulled into a lot near the fairgrounds, took the car off the trailer, and drove in to pick a spot. But, contrary to the ladies belief, there where no pull through’s available, and the area was filled with run-down RVs that appeared to be permanently parked there. So we returned to the motorhome, checked the map, and decided to call a park in the town of Jamestown, about 90 miles to the west. After making a reservation there we re-loaded the car on the trailer and continued our journey across the prairie on I-94.
We are now parked at the Frontier Fort Campground in Jamestown. It turns out this was a good move, as Jamestown has a number of interesting (to us) sites.
This park is a bit unusual. The campground office is a counter in a gift shop/restaurant built as a replica to frontier forts used by the army in the Dakotas in the late 1800s.
The second floor is a restaurant you enter through a door inside the gift shop and go up a flight of stairs.
The restaurant is very nice and the food was good. It has many specials and is a local favorite.
Just down the street from our site is the entrance to Frontier Village, a re-creation of a small town in North Dakota in the late 1800s.
Some of the displays are actual buildings that have been moved from nearby towns to the village. A one room school house is an example of this.
Apparently there are still one room schools in some of the more remote areas of the state. In the small entrance to the school house we found a display discussing the experience of a new teacher in a one room school in 2006.
The most famous resident of Jamestown is Louis L’Amour, the author of numerous novels about the old west. One of the buildings in Frontier Village is an example of what L’Amour called his “writers shack” in his home in California later in his life.
The village has a blacksmith shop, a lawyers office, a post office, a saloon, a print shop and other examples of small prairie town businesses.
Frontier Village is also the home of the world’s largest buffalo. Who knew!
Tomorrow rain is predicted so we’ll be checking out a couple small museums in town. More on that later . . .