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.

See it larger. (Click, then give it a moment to load)

As a person who didn’t come to Fargo until after this place had been demolished sometime around 1967, a couple interesting things hit me right away.

  • 10th Street North was not always a through-street to 19th Avenue North. I never knew that.
  • The driveway through the south parking lot of Fargo North High School follows the path of a former through-street that once separated the fairgrounds and Barnett Field.
  • Washington Elementary School on the far-right has been thoroughly expanded over the years.

I recognize the slider image above is a little bit small, so if you’d like to see the view in a larger .gif animation, click the image below and, depending on the speed of your web connection, give it a moment to load.

What do you remember about the old Fargo Fairground?

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