View Map

Overview

Founded in 1871 in the fertile Red River Valley, Fargo is North Dakota's largest city and boasts some of the world's richest agricultural land. Nicknamed a new Garden of Eden by early settlers, the valley was once part of glacial Lake Agassiz which drained away about 9,300 years ago and left behind rich lake sediments. An early stopping point for steamboats floating down the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s, the city was originally called Centralia but was later renamed Fargo in honor of William Fargo, founder of Wells Fargo and director of the Northern Pacific Railway. With a population of about 90,000, Fargo offers a surprising 80-some ...

Founded in 1871 in the fertile Red River Valley, Fargo is North Dakota's largest city and boasts some of the world's richest agricultural land. Nicknamed a new Garden of Eden by early settlers, the valley was once part of glacial Lake Agassiz which drained away about 9,300 years ago and left behind rich lake sediments. An early stopping point for steamboats floating down the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s, the city was originally called Centralia but was later renamed Fargo in honor of William Fargo, founder of Wells Fargo and director of the Northern Pacific Railway. With a population of about 90,000, Fargo offers a surprising 80-some area parks, about a dozen golf courses, a zoo, historic district, three universities, the FargoDome entertainment venue and many museums and attractions, such as the Roger Maris Baseball Museum honoring the former New York Yankee and Fargo resident. One of the city's biggest events is the annual marathon in May. When the movie "Fargo" turned the city into a bit of a celebrity, the eclectic Walk of Fame at the Fargo Welcome Center became a popular stopping place to see the hand and footprints of such luminaries as Aerosmith, Jethro Tull, Bill Gates, John Updike, Debbie Reynolds, Neil Diamond, Chuck Yeager, KISS and many more.

Jackie Finch
About the Expert

Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

view full overview

Jackie Finch for Triporati

Compare Flight, Car Rental, and Hotel Rates

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Facts at a Glance

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    August for the Fargo Blues Festival, a two-day, 12-band blues celebration