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Dakota Datebook: The two Fargos in January of 1875


January 2, 2023

Fargo had been bustling five years before it was officially incorporated on January 5 in 1875. When the railroad headed west, there was a flurry of speculation to determine where it would cross the Red River, because it was sure to be the site of the next large city.

To deal with spring floods, surveyors found the highest place to cross, at what is now Moorhead, but they had to keep it secret s...

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