Jamestown in Stutsman County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In Celebration of the Two Hundredth Year Birthday of the United States of America, 1976
This wall, built in 1954, was originally conceived to display a sculpture dedicated to the spirit of those who serve their country. This sculptural mural is so dedicated.
This commemorative work was designed to convey the joy of celebration --- the culmination of the two hundred fourth of July events. The reflective background gives a feeling of the Big Sky of North Dakota. The fields with their stars, stripes, and folds, were made to look much like the Flag to suggest the contribution of the land and the people of the land, to the Nation. The cloud-form is now the main symbol. It depicts striving figures which represent Jacob's memorable struggle with the Angel Jacob would not let go until he received a blessing. As he struggled with a great power, so the people of North Dakota received a blessing and were a blessing to the nation by their stron will. The struggle of the pioneers braving hostile territory, breaking new soil, facing drought, hail, cold, isolation. Surviving to be considered very important to the success of the nation, especially by furnishing food and strength in times of crises---this was their contribution.
The sculpture, made from sixteen gauge sheet bronze. Was formed by cutting and welding. Portions of the eagle and all of the cloud-form are chrome-plated; the background is of stainless steel. The sculpture weighs approximately 2,500 pounds, is seventeen by twenty-five feet. The planning and execution spanned a period of two and one-half years; actual time could be equated to one person working for a period of twelve months. The creation was installed in October 1974.
This sculpture was designed specifically for the Ernest Denault Roberton American Legion Post No 14. of Jamestown, North Dakota.
Designer and Fabricator
Elmer Pl Petersen
Texas Lutheran College
John Schwartz, Chief Assistant
The Artist's personal dedication is to Nels and Lillie Petersen, Immigrants
J.W. (Jake) Wagner, Sr., Chairman
Gilbert E. (Bert) Horton
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1976.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116½ 1st St East, Jamestown ND, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hansen Arts Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alton Klaus (approx. half a mile away); Where the Two Rivers Meet (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort William H. Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Seward (approx. 0.7 miles away); World's Largest Buffalo (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.