The Old Fargo Fairgrounds: Then and Now

Before it was in West Fargo, the old Fargo Fairground was in North Fargo, on the site where University Village and Fargo North High School now reside. Barnett Field, the home of Fargo’s former minor league baseball team, the FM Twins, was on the site too. It’s something I wrote about in the book, Fargo Moorhead Lost and Found, but I just recently ran across an old map that shows the area in great detail circa the early to mid 1960s, and I was prompted to do this comparison. Continue reading “The Old Fargo Fairgrounds: Then and Now”

A Frightful Accident

Union Light Heat and Power Company, Fargo

I have a collection of newspapers (The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican) from the first half of 1898, and the June 19th, 1898 issue contains a story about a terrible accident that occurred at the Hughes Electric Company in downtown Fargo.

FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT
Night Engineer Champlain of the Hughes Electric Co. Has His Left Arm Torn Off. He Was Nervy.

About 11 o’clock last night people in the vicinity of the Hughes Electric Co. were startled by a shriek. It was such a terrible one that those who heard it knew someone had been hurt, and there was a rush for the company’s plant. N.P. Officer McIntyre was the first to reach the place and found the night engineer, Boyd Champlain, with one arm in the commutator, being slowly ground to a pulp, and the unfortunate man in the most intense agony.  Continue reading “A Frightful Accident”

13th and Broadway, After the Tornado

In the book, I labeled this photo from 1957 as “location unknown,” but thanks to a comment from Tracey Braeger, I was able to identify this location as the corner of Broadway and 13th Avenue North.  Continue reading “13th and Broadway, After the Tornado”

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”

A 1910 Parade on Front Street

Moody's 1910

These photos were found in a local antique store and depict a parade as it travels west on Front Street (Main Avenue) and then turns north on Broadway. Judging by the American Flags in the crowd and in the windows of the structures in the background, this is likely a 4th of July parade.  Continue reading “A 1910 Parade on Front Street”

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”

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”

Great Northern Depot

The black and white image below is the Fargo Great Northern Depot, as photographed by Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein, in 1939. Continue reading “Great Northern Depot”