‘The Next Great City’
Moorhead and Fargo were platted when the Northern Pacific railroad arrived at the Red River in 1871 less than one block north of here.
The towns grew up at this intersection of river and rail. Steamboats traveling the shallow Red River stopped at this point and cargo from the boats was then transferred into wagons and boxcars.
Fargo-Moorhead became the most important shipping and marketing center in the region. The cities were energized by thousands who came here seeking new jobs and opportunities. Yankee Americans and Canadians were joined by immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and elsewhere.
Today Fargo-Moorhead is the largest metropolitan area between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Spokane, Washington.
"It was generally conceded that wherever the Northern Pacific should cross the Red River, there would rise the next great city west of St. Paul and Minneapolis."
- Thomas Canfield, Northern Pacific Railroad.
Moorhead in 1882, looking northwest. Moorhead's business district developed at the intersection of the steamboat levee and the railroad tracks. The Main Avenue bridge is near the Northern Pacific railroad bridge at center-left.
Fargo in 1882, looking west. Note the tracks of the Northern Pacific and Great Northern
Erected 2004 by MnDOT.
Location. 46° 52.419′ N, 96° 46.629′ W. Marker is in Fargo, North Dakota, in Cass County. Marker is on U.S. 10. Touch for map. Marker is on Veterans Memorial Bridge between Moorhead and Fargo. Marker is in this post office area: Fargo ND 58103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gasoline Horsepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Red River Transportation / A Busy Port (within shouting distance of this marker in Minnesota); Veterans Memorial Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Minnesota); Douglas House (about 700 feet away in Minnesota); St, John's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away in Minnesota); "The Woodchipper" in FARGO (approx. 4.3 miles away); The Fargo Walk of Fame (approx. 4.3 miles away); The First Prestressed Concrete Bridge Deck Constructed in North Dakota (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fargo.
More about this marker. Marker was created by Gemini Research for MnDOT; erected when the bridge was built.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 606 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on January 14, 2017. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.