Introduction to Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo is situated in the Red River Valley in Cass County. The Red River Valley had been a portion of the glacial Lake Agassiz which was drained approximately 9,300 years ago. The sediments from the lake created fertile farm land in the Fargo area. Fargo is recognized as the major economic area of the eastern portion of North Dakota. Fargo is the center of retail, healthcare, manufacturing as well as education for the region. The city of Fargo was founded in 1871.
During the 1870s and the 1880s the area now known as Fargo served as a stopping place for steamboats traveling in the Red River. The area was originally called Centralia but later took the name Fargo in tribute to William Fargo who was the director of the Northern Pacific Railway and established the Wells Fargo Express Company. The city began to thrive due to the railroad entering Fargo.
A large fire destroyed hundreds of houses and businesses in 1893. Fargo became the location of Pence Automobile Company in 1905. Fargo experienced significant growth after World War II was over. Travel in the area was improved by the opening of interstates I-29 and I-94. The West Acres Shopping Mall was built in 1972 in the vicinity of the intersection of the two interstates and significantly increased retail business in the area.
The universities in the area provide theatre entertainment and other events for the citizens and visitors of Fargo. The city is also home to several private theatre companies. The Fargo Theatre is a restored building that was built in 1926 that offers movies and hosts community events. The Fargodome provides Broadway musicals, sporting events and other activities. Fargo is home to the Plains Art Museum which is recognized as the largest museum of art in North Dakota.
The Hector International Airport provides air transportation for the area. The BNSF Railway serves the city of Fargo. Amtrack services the community with the Empire Builder train. The city is provided with bus transportation by the Metro Area Transit.
- Reineke Arts Center
- Fargo Civic Center
- John E. Carlson Coliseum
- Urban Plains Center
- Bonanzaville, USA
- Fargo Air Museum
- Hjemkomst Center
North Dakota State University is located in Fargo. The city is home to Aakers Business College and is the location of a campus for the University of Mary. Masters Baptist College is also located in Fargo.