In the 19th century, the construction of an immense railroad system that crossed the entire United States gave America a modern version of the ancient Silk Road. Coal-powered steam trains carried America’s new caravan travelers to previously unreachable destinations to share stories, create new cultures, and buy and sell their goods.
Jamestown, North Dakota, was founded in 1872 along the route of the historic Northern Pacific Railroad, and the town became an American caravanserai—a resting place for railway travelers and a center for commerce and connection. Now a city of 15,500 residents located in the valley where the James and Pipestem rivers meet, midway between North Dakota’s two largest cities, Bismarck and Fargo, Jamestown serves as a shopping and entertainment destination for the rural and agricultural area surrounding it.
World's Largest Buffalo statue in Jamestown, ND.
Jamestown is nicknamed “Buffalo City” because it is home to the statue of “The World's Largest Buffalo,” the National Buffalo Museum, and a live herd of free-range buffalo that includes an extremely rare white buffalo named “White Cloud.”
The Jamestown Fine Arts Association
Photo courtesy of The Jamestown Fine Arts Association.
Now in its 49th year, the Jamestown Fine Arts Association works with hundreds of household and business members and operates Hansen Arts Studio, Kirkpatrick Gallery, and The Arts Center. The Arts Center provides multidisciplinary programming for all ages, including visual arts exhibitions, dramatic and musical performances, and classes and workshops. The Arts Center has also hosted a variety of unique initiatives, such as Culture Festival, a statewide celebration of folk and ethnic traditions found throughout North Dakota, and Arts Midwest World Fest, a touring program that connects small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures through week-long residencies with global performers.
Caravanserai Residency Dates
October 7-13, 2012 - Majid Bekkas Gnawa Ensemble featuring Braim Fribgane
November 11-13, 2012 - Film: A Nest in the Heat by Hakim Belabbes
April 21-27, 2013 - Orches