Blizzard of 1951-52

Fargo Blizzard of 1951-52

The photos shown here were taken after a significant blizzard, likely in the winter of 1951-52. The photos ended up in a local antique store after an estate sale. The photographer is unknown. Looking south from the corner of Broadway and NP Avenue.  Continue reading “Blizzard of 1951-52”

After the Blizzard on Broadway

Blizzard 1951-52

Snow is piled high on the east side of Broadway, just north of Front Street (Main Avenue), after a blizzard in the winter of 1951-’52.  A damaging spring flood would follow in the Spring of 1952. Continue reading “After the Blizzard on Broadway”

Cass County Courthouse

Two views of the Cass County Courthouse, 3rd Avenue South and 9th Street South, separated by 110 years–1906 and 2016.  Continue reading “Cass County Courthouse”

1957 Fargo Tornado

1957 Fargo Tornado

June 20th, 1957. It would be determined later that there were five tornadoes in the Fargo area that day.  The first, a rope-like funnel near the rural community of Wheatland, did little damage. The second was a powerful funnel near Casselton, North Dakota, and it would have been devastating if not for the rural location.  The fourth and fifth funnel clouds were on the Minnesota side of the Red River, and both caused damage to nearby structures.  None of the tornadoes were as powerful, however, as the third funnel in the series–the Fargo Tornado. Continue reading “1957 Fargo Tornado”

Merchants State Bank, 1910

Merchants State Bank once stood on the northeast corner of Broadway and NP Avenue in downtown Fargo. Continue reading “Merchants State Bank, 1910”

The Fargo Fair

Fargo Fair, 1908

The first fair in Fargo happened in the summer of 1906 and the city has held a fair nearly every year since, under a number of different names — The Fargo Fair, Fargo State Fair, North Dakota State Fair, the Inter-State Fair, and the Red River Valley Fair among them. Continue reading “The Fargo Fair”

2009 Fargo Moorhead Flood

Fargo Moorhead Flood, 2009

in 2009, the Red River overflowed its banks in a flood that would prove to be the greatest since record-keeping began. Continue reading “2009 Fargo Moorhead Flood”

Fargo Shanley High School After the Tornado of 1957

Fargo Shanley, 1957

Fargo Shanley High School in the aftermath of the 1957 tornado. Use the slider to toggle back and forth between then and now. Continue reading “Fargo Shanley High School After the Tornado of 1957”

The Comstock Hotel

A late-fifties view looking northwest from the corner of Center Avenue and 8th Street in Moorhead. The Comstock Hotel advertised individual room thermostats and a “60¢ All You Can Eat” special. Other businesses on the block included the Las Vegas Lounge, Wold Drug, Eddy’s Coffee Shop, Gambles, and Scheels Hardware. The sign for the FM Hotel is barely visible on the left. Continue reading “The Comstock Hotel”