North Dakota Community Snapshot
Monthly highlight of a charming North Dakota community!
Discover hidden gems, personalities, facts and special events in our North Dakota communities. Each month a new community will be featured with fun-filled highlights which can be easily added to an itinerary.
Buffalo and its 188 residents are 35 miles west of Fargo. Though small, the community has a big heart and 18 nonprofit organizations that continue to prosper and grow. Settled by Norwegian, Swedish and German ancestors, each found similarities in the landscape, which made it easy for them to call this home. Northern Pacific Railroad surveyor and secretary Samuel Wilkenson named the town “New Buffalo.” It was later changed to “Buffalo” by postmaster Hans B. Strand, June 5, 1883, and incorporated in 1884. Its top five employers are Killoran Trucking and Brokerage, Kasowski-Gubrud Repair, First State Bank, Arthur Companies Elevating and Ten Saloon Bar and Grill.
Hidden Gems: The 1916 high school restoration and renovation has been spearheaded by the community. Donations totaling $7,000 have been raised through events like “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” which included a mud volleyball tournament, bingo and horseshoe tournament. The project should be done in time for the centennial celebration in 2016. ... Red Trail Vineyards is one of the largest vineyards in the state. It has a tasting room and gift shop, room for weddings, meetings and tours and welcomes guests to its restored 100-year-old granary. ... A granite Veterans Memorial was constructed to honor the men and women from the community who served in the military.
Did you know: The general store closed in June 2011 and by July, it was opened as the Buffalo Food Market. It was repaired and purchased through the efforts of the Buffalo Job Authority, the community and shareholders. Its three regular employees are helped out by volunteers to keep shelves stocked. ... General Henry H. Sibley and a 3,300-troop military expedition with 200 wagons crossed Buffalo Creek on Aug. 16, 1863. The area is represented by a Buffalo Creek State Historic Site marker. ... Buffalo Cemetery has more than 1,200 flowers on the grounds. The first peonies were planted in 1911 in memory of a young boy who was killed in a railroad accident.
Special Events: Fifth Annual Shuffle off to Buffalo, July 18-19, 2014. Event includes pie auction, tour of the high school, mud volleyball, bingo and horseshoe tournaments with an evening meal. www.buffalond.com ... Wine and Grape Festival at Red Trail Vineyard, Aug. 16, 2014. Food, crafts, wine-tasting, vineyard tours and bluegrass music. www.redtrailvineyards.com or 701-633-5392.
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Group Travel Guide
The North Dakota Group Travel Itinerary Guide highlights tours around North Dakota. Click here for a printable version of the North Dakota group travel guide. Check out the new 2013 Profile Sheet! Contact Group Tour Coordinator Deanne Cunningham at 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2502.