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Published January 20, 2014, 09:20 AM

Buffalo Museum named CNN spot to visit

The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, N.D., has been spotted by CNN, which recently honored them in an article as one of “50 states, 50 spots for 2014.”

By: Kari Lucin , Forum News Service

The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, N.D., has been spotted by CNN, which recently honored them in an article as one of “50 states, 50 spots for 2014.”

“We have something to offer for everybody,” says Kim Penrod, director of the museum. “… and what’s not to love about a buffalo? They’re adorable.”

The article, written by CNN’s Katia Hetter, seeks to prove that “…there’s something fun to do in each and every state. Yes, every state. Not a believer? We’re going to prove it.”

The piece consists of a slideshow with pictures, listing each state in alphabetical order along with a single travel suggestion.

Minnesota’s travel destination is the Mississippi River, from the headwaters to the bluffs where the river flows south through the Twin Cities.

Like the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, South Dakota’s featured place includes bison — it’s the Custer State Park in the Black Hills, which also includes elk, mountain goats and other animals.

Montana’s destination is the Miles City Roundup, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

North Dakota’s listing for the National Buffalo Museum specifically mentions each of the three white buffalo by name — White Cloud, Dakota Legend and Dakota Miracle — and encourages viewers to ask where the bison are roaming when they arrive at the museum in the summer.

“The best place to see them after Labor Day and before Memorial Day is from the Interstate,” Penrod says, noting that is when the bison are moved into their winter pasture area.

The museum itself has two full-time employees and one part-timer, and the 11 members of its board of directors serve as its volunteers.

The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the buffalo, beginning 1,000 years ago through the present day, Penrod says. There’s even an art collection depicting bison from various perspectives.

Currently, 29 head of bison roam the winter pasture, with 15 on the south side and 14 on the north. The white bison are always on the north side.

All the bison originate from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, including White Cloud.

“We’re pretty proud of that,” Penrod says.

Likely, the best time to see the herd is in the early spring, she adds, before it gets warm and the animals shed their warm winter coats, becoming a little scraggly-looking.

Penrod isn’t certain why the white buffalo and the museum were chosen ahead of all the other attractions in the state, but notes that buffalo are still romanticized across the nation, considered part of the Old West.

“Right now, there are bison in all 50 states and multiple countries across the world,” Penrod says.

CNN’s story can be found online at cnn.it/1ixrMyB.

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