Sanctified by Bishop O’Reilly of Fargon on November 29, 1914, The Basilica of St. James Catholic Church was the first cathedral in North Dakota (founded in 1889). With an American Gothic-style, the magnificent structure stands 140 feet long and 42 feet high and seats up to 750 people.
With a foundation of trimmed granite and stone, government listed the brick building on the National Register of Historic Places. The stained glass windows were a gift from former mayor of Jamestown Pierce Blewett. The Bishop of Fargo, Most Reverend James S. Sullivan, raised it as a Minor Basilica July 23, 1989. The basilica is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m
From Interstate 94,take exit 258 heading east for about one mile. Bear right onto HWY 54. Take a left onto 1st Avenue (HWY 281) continue for about four blocks and you will see the Church on your left at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 6th Street.
The Basilica of St. James Catholic Church
Address: 622 First Ave. S
Jamestown, North Dakota