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History Comes to Life on the Jamestown Talking Trail

Listen to true stories about Jamestown

Uncover the legends and lore of Jamestown, North Dakota in a way you’ll never experience in history books. Just follow the Jamestown Talking Trail, an interactive self-guided audio tour consisting of about 50 stops, where you can hear fascinating stories and first-hand interviews at historic sites and attractions across town.

You can time travel to the days when herds of majestic buffalo thundered across the open plains or when adventurous pioneers made their way West to start new lives in unsettled territory. This trail of “talking points” features stops throughout the community, each with a Talking Trail post marker that denotes the stop number and provides the telephone number visitors can call to hear stories right from their own cellphone.

Many of the talking points are located within Frontier Village, an Old West town assembled from original 1800s buildings, where you’ll find Wild West “shoot outs” and stagecoach and pony rides. Other trail talking points are scattered throughout downtown Jamestown, public parks, campgrounds and even in nearby Wimbledon.

Hear little-known tales about world famous Western storyteller and Jamestown native Louis L’Amour at the Alfred Dickey Public Library and the Historic Franklin School. Listen to stories from beloved sports stars, such as baseball legends Darin Erstad and Travis Hafner, when you stop by the talking point at the Jack Brown Stadium. Visit the talking point at the National Buffalo Museum, home to a live herd of buffalo, including a rare white buffalo named Dakota Miracle. At Jamestown Reservoir’s campground, hear campfire stories that will ignite your imagination. From the backstory of the World’s Largest Buffalo Monument to the hilarious calamities of 1800s gambler and gunslinger “Limpy Jack” Clayton, these stops along the Jamestown Talking Trail bring colorful characters and local history to life. 

Pick out your must-see stops along the Jamestown Talking Trail, and uncover the secret tales of the North Dakota prairie by calling in at 701-712-9329.

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