Swedlund speaks on Bison World at Front Porch Chat

Bison World is a proposed new development that would bring a Disney-type theme park to Jamestown.

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Searle Swedlund, executive director of Jamestown Tourism, discussed the Bison World project on Aug. 21 at the Front Porch Chat.

Bison World is a proposed new development that would bring a Disney-type theme park to Jamestown on land owned by the North Dakota State Hospital adjacent to Interstate 94, Exit 258.

A large large facility comprised of an area called the Bison Mall would leads visitors to the various attractions. The Discovery Center, rotunda, amphitheater, Dakota Corral, Safari Central, zip line and Gondola Skyway all have a portion of the story of the history and conservation of the American bison.

Swedlund showed design elements that are only conceptual at this time, noting the actual designs may change. However, the concepts of education, entertainment and interaction with the living herd will be the focus of the theme park.

The role of the bison in the lives of the Native Americans, the role of the railroad, the near extinction of the species, their recovery, current conservation and ranching practices that ensure their future are all part of this story of the U.S.'s national mammal. The facility will include fun activities while developing an appreciation for this animal.


When main Phase One portion of the facility becomes a reality there are projections of several Phase Two features including an on-site restaurant and a hotel complex, Swedlund said.

The next Front Porch Chat at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, will be held instead at the 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse due to anticipated attendance for Sarah Vogel, a lawyer who fought for the rights of the farmers during the 1980s and is the author of a new book, “The Farmers’ Lawyer.”

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