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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”