About JamestownJamestown was the 1908 birthplace of Louis L'Amour, who began his career writing poetry and magazine articles and ended up penning more than 100 novels of Western fiction that were translated into dozens of languages and sold millions of copies. Many of his stories also were made into motion pictures.
The self-guiding Louis L'Amour Walking Trail passes such landmarks as the author's childhood home, elementary school and family church. This also is a convenient way to see some of the city's handsome historic buildings. A map of the tour route can be picked up at the Jamestown Tourism office.
Songstress and jazz legend Peggy Lee, another 20th-century American icon, was born in Jamestown in 1920 and lived here until she graduated from high school.
The city's location in a valley at the confluence of the James and Pipestem rivers lends itself to varied outdoor activities. Jamestown Reservoir, a 2,095-acre lake north of the city, and 892-acre Pipestem Lake, 4 miles northwest on US 281, are popular recreation destinations.
The Basilica of St. James, 622 First Ave. S., is North Dakota's only basilica. The American Gothic-style brick church has stone trim and stained glass windows. It is open daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; phone (701) 252-0119.
The Kite Festival in early June celebrates wings on strings. This event attracts enthusiasts from both the U.S. and Canada for kite-flying contests, a kite-making class, demonstrations, door prizes and music. It takes place at Meidinger Park Field, 17th Street and 17th Avenue S.W. Held from late June through early July, the Stutsman County Fair features a midway, 4-H exhibits, a rodeo, food vendors and evening entertainment. The fairgrounds are north of downtown at Fairgrounds Road and 27th Street N.W.
Visitor Centers Jamestown Tourism 404 Louis L'Amour Ln. Jamestown, ND 58402. Phone:(701)251-9145 or (800)222-4766
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