Fargo

Population

2010: 105,549, #254 in U.S., #1 in North Dakota

1950: 38,256

2010 Metropolitan Area: 208,777, #204 in U.S.

Setting

Fargo was founded in 1871 on the Red River. Fargo is directly across the river from Moorhead, Minnesota.

Buildings

Tallest building: Radisson Hotel, 207 feet (1985)

Stores

Fargo has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s Empire Builder stops at Fargo’s small Great Northern Railway station (1920) in the middle of the night, westbound to Seattle and Portland, and eastbound to Minneapolis and Chicago. The larger, restored Northern Pacific depot (1898) is used for government offices.

Museums

The Plains Art Museum is located downtown.

Downtown Fargo
(Photo by Ron Reiring)

Theaters

The Fargo Theatre (1926) is a restored movie theater that has concerts and films. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and the Fargo-Moorehad Opera play at the Festival Concert Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University, north of downtown.

The Gate City Bank Theatre at the Fargodome (1992), north of downtown, has touring Broadway shows. The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre is just south of downtown.

Sports

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent American Association play at Newman Outdoor Field (1996), north of downtown. The Fargodome hosts sports events, concerts, and other events.

Map of Downtown Fargo

Downtown Community Partnership