Fargo Arena and Island Park, Then and Now

Island Park Pool

This strange, seemingly out-of-place structure on the site of the Island Park pool is a remnant of the Fargo Arena.

The structure above was once the entryway to the Fargo Arena, a giant indoor recreation facility which only existed for five years in Fargo. Essentially a massive quonset, Fargo Arena was huge.  According to a note written on the back of an early photograph, Fargo Arena was purported to be the largest building in the United States by Continue reading “Fargo Arena and Island Park, Then and Now”

Chicago Hairdressing Academy

Looking northwest from the Great Northern Depot, 1939. Chicago Hairdressing Academy is across the street, and the St. Mary’s steeple is barely visible behind the steam locomotive.  Continue reading “Chicago Hairdressing Academy”

Front Street, 1909

A view from Broadway and Front Street, 1909, looking west-southwest. The four-story Waldorf Hotel can be seen at the end of the block, opposite a two-story deLendrecies building.  Continue reading “Front Street, 1909”

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”

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”