Packing up and shipping out: The unique roadside attractions, including the North American geographic center, are of interest.

16-06-2019 13:06

We know a lot about our area – fertile soil, nice people and stunning views – but did you know that some of the world's biggest roadside roads are in the region?

There are lots of things within easy driving distance of Fargo-Moorhead, so packing some snacks, grip the kids and fill the gas tank – honey, we're going on a road trip.

1. Journey to the center of the continent …?

The North American Geographic Center is located in Rugby, N.D., and is marked with a stone monument. North Dakota Tourism / Special Forum

The North American Geographic Center is located in Rugby, N.D., and is marked with a stone monument. North Dakota Tourism / Special Forum

Pull: North American Geographic Center

Location: Rugby, N.D.

Distance from Forum: t 3 hours, 17 minutes (222 miles)

Did you know? Located in Rugby, the geographic center of North America was calculated and discovered in the early 1930s. Marked by both Canadian and US flags, the stone obelisk 15 feet high was transferred to its current location when North Dakota Highway.Sp expanded.

However, some would argue that the privilege of being named as the center of the continent belongs to those living in Robinson, N.D., about 100 miles to the south.

In section 2017 for the New York Times, Steph Yin describes the unexpected challenge faced by Rugby when Hanson's Bar in Robinson claimed his title. After Rugby allowing its trade mark abandonment, Hanson's crop patrons collected the required $ 350 and bought the trademark in 2015.

In 2017, a professor from Buffalo University in New York held a number of new calculations and decided that neither town had a geographical location in North America. Indeed, the geographical center of North America is located, quite ironically, in Ionad, N.D., about 140 miles southwest of Rugby.

2. What is the biggest thing in the world?

The World's Largest Buffalo brings visitors from all over to Jamestown, N.D., to get an insight into this huge artwork. Dan Koeck / Special to the Forum

The World's Largest Buffalo brings visitors from all over to Jamestown, N.D., to get an insight into this huge artwork. Dan Koeck / Special to the Forum

Pull: World's Largest Bison

Location: Jamestown, N.D.

Distance from Forum: 1 hour, 31 minutes (97 mi) t

Did you know? Built in the late 1950s by Jamestown College art teacher Elmer Peterson, the world's largest buffalo (named "Dakota Thunder" in 2010) is 26 feet high, 46 feet long and weighs over 60 tons. It is built from concrete and stands and the rear one is facing the interstate.

Around Dakota Thunder is the Pioneer Village and the National Buffalo Museum, including a live buffalo herd.

3. Now that's a well!

"Wahpper," the world's largest cat, can be found in the Kidder Recreation Area on the north side of Wahpeton, N.D. Wahpeton City / Special to The Forum

Pull: World's largest catfish

Location: Wahpeton, N.D.

Distance from Forum: 56 minutes (45 mi)

Did you know? Found in the Kidder Dam Recreation Area on the banks of the Red River, the world's largest catia measures are 40 feet long, 12 feet high and have more than 5,000 pounds. Created from fiberglass, it seems that the fish called "The Wahpper" seems to swim during a spring flood.

4. You know about a dog

Otto sits the Otter on the south east of Fergus Falls, Minn., Close to a lake. Jean Bowman / Visit Fergus Falls / Special to the Forum

Otto sits the Otter on the south east of Fergus Falls, Minn., Close to a lake. Jean Bowman / Visit Fergus Falls / Special to the Forum

Pull: Otto the Big Dog

Location: Fergus Falls, Minn.

Distance from Forum: 1 hour, 3 minutes (61 mi) t

Did you know? Otto is almost 25 miles across the river from Wahpper.

Taken by high school students in 1972 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town, Otto the Otter is 40 feet long and made of metal covered by concrete which leaves when you knock it.

Otto is used as a backdrop for unsympathetic picnics and photographs, and Otto is home to the home of the freshwater woodland creature, land-based residentials among school shocks, cities and even counties. Located in Grotto Park, Otto has magnificent views of the lake. Don't try to climb him – signs around the state of otters, "Stay away from otters. You are not responsible for accidents."

5. Now that's just faithful

Vergas, Minn., Is the biggest town in the world. Frazee-Vergas / Special Forum for the Forum

Vergas, Minn., Is the biggest town in the world. Frazee-Vergas / Special Forum for the Forum

Pull: World's Biggest Loon

Location: Vergas, Minn.

Distance from Forum: 1 hour, 3 minutes (61 mi) t

Did you know? This migratory waterfowl is typically found in the 10,000 lakes (more than) in lakes that make up the great situation in Minnesota, due to its unique calls and nesting habits of one pair per lake. But you won't hear any of their famous flute calls.

Situated on the southern shores of Long Lake, the Vergas bark looks carefully at visitors to the City Park. At 20 feet high, the Vergas Loon was built in the 1960s and was bequeathed to a postmaster at home. Vergas calls her “Ball an Loon” and has a Looney Daze festival in August.

6. Gobble that you play

The Big Tom in Frazee, Minn, is the second statue built for the town. Frazee-Vergas / Special Forum for the Forum

The Big Tom in Frazee, Minn, is the second statue built for the town. Frazee-Vergas / Special Forum for the Forum

Pull: The Biggest Turkey on Earth

Location: Frazee, Minn.

Distance from Forum: 1 hour, 4 minutes (55.5 miles)

Did you know? Almost Tom tons, which is a great weight by Tom Tom, the world's largest turkey, weighs on his pedestrians, bringing visitors to Frazee on the western edge of the town.

But this is not the first Tom Mór that stands at the path. In July 1998, in preparation for the annual Turkey Days festival at home, a flame of the original statue was captured by a flame, which cooked the papier-mache bird faster than you can say. Thanksgiving football.

The town did not have to wait long before he welcomed a new attendant to the foundations. By mid-September, the ground-breaking stand, fiberglass-feathered feathers took its place.

7. So diligently!

Dilly Bar was appointed in 1955 by the famous Downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen. Emma Vatnsdal / The Forum

Dilly Bar was appointed in 1955 by the famous Downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen. Emma Vatnsdal / The Forum

Pull: World's largest Dilly Bars

Location: Moorhead

Distance from Forum: 5 minutes (1 mile)

Did you know? To the homeland of this ice cream treatment which is chocolate, immersed, soft-served soft to honor, the world's largest Dilly Bar proudly boasts along a busy street in Drummount Down.

The Dairy Moorhead Queen, Eighth St. S., is one of the oldest and most famous Dairy Queen in the nation. Due to the swirly contract that was invented in 1955, Bob and Phyllis Litherland created a legacy that will last long after their deaths – not only in the chocolate, bucket or cherry swim that gets the ice cream, but in the 12-foot statue of its height. looks over all patrons who visit the famous site.

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