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Less than ten thousand years ago, the area that is now Fargo-Moorhead was feet below the surface of Lake Agassiz, a huge inland sea formed at the end of the last iceage. Rosa Herzman discarded ashes behind her grocery store. They were ignited, and fire spread from what is now Main Avenue to the north. By the end of the day, downtown Fargo was devastated. The city of Moorhead was named after William G. Moorhead, an executive of the Northern Pacific Railway. In fact, the Northern Pacific Railway had a profound impact on both the economy and population of the area.
Originally settled by Scandinavian and European immigrants, Fargo and Moorhead became boomtowns with the arrival of the NP in When the Northern Pacific Railroad was selecting its crossing site over the Red River, eager land speculators spared no effort to learn of the location.
Railroad officials marked a false route a few miles north of Moorhead, Minnesota to throw speculators off the trail. Under the Homestead Act, settlers were given acres in exchange for living on the land and farming part of it for at least five years.
Suddenly Fargo-Moorhead became a mecca for hopeful refugees from the overcrowded east. Today the population of the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area is more than , and there seems to be no end in sight to the persistent prosperity and growth of the twin cities on the Red. While agriculture is still prominent in the local economy, Fargo-Moorhead has also become an important focal point for other professions, including government, education, medicine, retailing and manufacturing.
The spirit of the early pioneers remains a treasured part of our proud heritage. We continue to build on our colorful past as we look forward to the promise of the future. On the Minnesota side of the Red River, Moorhead propels our community beyond conventional boundaries. We owe a lot to our northern prairie locale. Our adventurous, pioneering spirit is alive and well. Ingenuity, vision and down-to-earth practicality define our distinct prairie soul.
Located in the center of North America, the Red River Valley stretches over 30 miles, gently rising westward from the Red River, a north-flowing river running between North Dakota and Minnesota, and extending into Canada. Rich, black soil produces an abundance of crops such as potatoes, sunflowers, sugar beets, wheat, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats, and lentils. Industry and agriculture are closely related in Fargo-Moorhead. The area has meat packaging plants, sugar and sunflower processing plants, creameries and a malting barley plant. The upscale South 8th Street historic district has long been known as a high status neighborhood of people with political influence and business ties.
The neighborhood has preserved its historic character with turn-of-the-century street lights, stately large elm trees, large, neatly landscaped yards, curved sidewalks and distinctive housing styles, including Colonial Revival, English Cottage, Dutch Colonial, Cube, Tudor and Mediterranean.
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