Big Things

Big things, roadside titans of all kinds (often billed as "the world's largest") are landmarks for travelers not only of America but also of many other lands (including Australia, which coined the simple phrase, "big things," to categorize them). This website of the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University, documents and celebrates the big things of our region, the Great Plains--a region that has its full share, perhaps more than its share, of such marvelous monstrosities. Research conducted by students in HIST 431: The North American Plains provides the documentation presented here. (Research and development for this site in progress.)

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Big ThingLocationNotesExternal Links
World's Largest Prairie Chicken Rothsay MN Booming bird in the Red River Valley World's Largest Things / Roadside America / World's Largest Roadside Attractions
Earl BunyanNew Town ND Paul Bunyan's brother, the cowboy. Legend on base says, "Dreamed up by Fred and Berd LaRocque, 1958." Roadside America
World's Largest Buffalo Jamestown ND RealND
World's Largest Roadside Attractions
Roadside America
Salem Sue New Salem ND
Tommy the TurtleBottineau ND
World's Largest PheasantHuron SD
W'eel TurtleDunseith ND
Rusty the TurtleTurtle Lake ND
Black VikingFort Ransom ND
World's Largest CatfishWahpeton ND
World's Largest Catfish (another one)Gimli MB
World's Largest Sandhill CraneSteele NDAlongside the Lone Steer Motel
Wally the WalleyeGarrison ND
Big GeneGarrison NDUngainly golfer at entrance to the city golf course
Sharptail GrouseAshern MB
Tommy the Turtle (another one)Bossevain MB
Indian HeadIndian Head SK
World's Largest Fire HydrantElm Creek MB
Sara the CamelGlenboro MB
World's Largest MooseMoose Jaw SK
The KegsGrand Forks NDDrive-in restaurant
The Chieftain Carrington ND History buff Jud Tracy's contribution to roadside eye candy Roadside America
Big GeneGarrison NDGiant golfer at city golf course
Dala HorseMinot NDIn the Scandinavian Heritage Park
World's Largest Ox CartCrookston MN
World's Largest Hamburger Rutland ND World record burger, 3591 pounds, flipped in 1982 Rutland's Burger Page
Roadside America

Enjoying your tour of roadside Americana on prairies? Write about your encounters with big things at Heritage Trails, the Facebook group for grassroots heritage tourism on the the northern plains.

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