Introduction to Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks History
Grand Forks was originally an important trading and meeting point for Native American tribes. Early fur trappers and French explorers referred the area as Les Grandes Fourches. The first post office of the area was established on June 15, 1870. A steamboat captain named Alexander Griggs, who platted the city in 1875, is regarded as "The Father of Grand Forks." Grand Forks was incorporated on February 22, 1881.
Grand Forks and nearby Attractions
- Columbia Mall
- North Dakota Museum of Art
- Splasher's of the South Seas Indoor Water Park
- Lincoln Park Golf Course
- Turtle River State Park
- Myra Museum
Things To Do In Grand Forks
One can visit the Turtle River State Park while in Grand Forks. Those interested in the area’s history may enjoy a trip to the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Myra Museum or Heritage Village. The Columbia Mall is the local shopping center. Riverside Park, Lincoln Park, University Park, Central Park and Elks Park are some of the local parks. Every year, Grand Forks hosts festivals like the Grand Cities Art Fest, the Rhubarb Festival and the Greater Grand Forks Fair and Exhibition.
Grand Forks Transportation
Grand Forks International Airport is nearby.
Grand Forks Higher Education
The city is home to the University of North Dakota. Minnesota State University-Moorhead, the North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota State University also provide higher education in the area.