North Dakota with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, are in North Dakota.

Welcome to North Dakota

Welcome to North Dakota

We are driving on  I-94.   Our first stop is Jamestown.   This is the World’s Largest Buffalo.

A really big buffalo

A really big buffalo

This buffalo is 26 feet tall, 46 feet long and weighs 60 tons.   On July 24, 2010 he was named Dakota Thunder.

Dakota Thunder

Dakota Thunder

We are on his foot.   Dakota Thunder sure is big!    This farm in North Dakota looks harvested and ready for winter.

North Dakota farm and lake

North Dakota farm and lake

Our next stop is Steele, North Dakota where we met Sandy.   Sandy is the World’s Largest Sandhill Crane.   Sandy is 40 feet tall and made of steel.   We are on Sandy’s foot.   Can you see us?

Sandy the Sandhill Crane

Sandy the Sandhill Crane

The information at the kiosk says the crane is the oldest existing bird in the world.   Cranes have remained unchanged for 2.5 million years.   Sandy was made by James Miller.    Our next stop is the capital of North Dakota.   Bismarck is home to the North Dakota Heritage Center.

We are at the North Dakota Heritage Center

We are at the North Dakota Heritage Center

The building has great art.   We like this train.

Train on North Dakota Heritage Center

Train on North Dakota Heritage Center

This statue, a 12 foot tall bronze, was dedicated in 1910.   It honors Sakakawea, the Indian interpreter for Lewis and Clark.

Sakakawea and her son

Sakakawea and her son

There are a few spellings of her name, but North Dakota uses this spelling.  The statue was made by Leonard Crunelle.   We like it!   Nearby is this buffalo.

We are at the foot of this buffalo. Mom, careful we don't want to get stepped on

We are at the foot of this buffalo.   Mom, careful we don’t want to get stepped on

The artist is Bennett Brien.   The statue was given to the state in 1986.   This is the capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota.   We like this different design for a capitol building.

North Dakota State Capitol Building

North Dakota State Capitol Building

Close to the capitol we admired the statue of the Honorable John Burke.

The Honorable John Burke

The Honorable John Burke

In North Dakota, he was a Legislator, a Governor, and a Supreme Court Justice.   In 1913 he was appointed Treasurer of the United States of America by President Woodrow Wilson.    We enjoyed the autumn color on this tree in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Fall color in Bismarck, North Dakota

Fall color in Bismarck, North Dakota

Here we can see that the work of the American farmer is never done.

A farmers work is never done

A farmers work is never done

We think a well cared for farm is beautiful.   In southern North Dakota, we liked the golden wild grass by the road and the farm in the background.

Zeb and Soapy by golden wild grass

Zeb and Soapy by golden wild grass and a clear blue sky.

North Dakota was a nice place to visit.   We had wonderful sunny days, but we have heard that North Dakota has severe winters.   We are glad we did not see that weather.   We really enjoyed our time in North Dakota.   We hope you visit during nice sunny weather also.

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