The City of Fargo
The area that is present-day Fargo was an early stopping point for steamboats floating down the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s. The city was originally named "Centralia," but was later renamed "Fargo" after Northern Pacific Railway director and Wells Fargo Express Company founder, William Fargo (1818–1881). The area started to flourish after the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the city became known as the "Gateway to the West."
A major fire struck the city on June 7, 1893 when the proprietor of a grocery store accidentally started the blaze after emptying ashes behind her store on a windy day. The fire destroyed 31 blocks of downtown Fargo; however, the city was immediately rebuilt with new buildings made of brick, new streets, and a water system. Over 246 new buildings were built within one year.
The North Dakota State Agricultural College was founded in 1890 as North Dakota's land-grant university, becoming first accredited by the North Central Association in 1915. In 1960, NDAC became known as North Dakota State University.
Geographical and Weather Information
The City of Fargo is part of the Fargo–Moorhead metropolitan area which is comprised of the cities of Fargo and West Fargo in North Dakota, Moorhead and Dilworth in Minnesota, and the surrounding communities. These cities lie on opposite banks of the Red River of the North which acts as the border between the two states.
In October, the Fargo-Moorhead area records temperatures that average from 35 degrees Farenheit for the low, to 56 degrees Fahrenheit for the high, so warm clothing is recommended.
Additional Visitor Information about the City of Fargo
Fargo-Moorhead is host to many visitor attractions, which include multiple shopping centers, active nightlife destinations, excellent restaurants, historical museums, and cultural attractions. For additional information, please visit the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau website or the Downtown Community Partnership website