Fargo’s Growing Businesses

Southwest view from Headquarters Hotel, Fargo, Downtown, 1876

Fall view looking southwest from atop Headquarters Hotel, showing Cass County courthouse building between 9th and 10th streets, Adams and Jefferson avenues, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, and dwellings [North Dakota State University Archives, Digital ID: rs000956]

When Fargo’s settlers completed the initial phases of construction and growth, the commercial structures created a centripetal force, and continued boosterism, encouraged businesses to rally and grow. Community support for buildings like the Headquarters Hotel and the courthouse provided the nucleus for rapid growth, a diverse assemblage of even businesses arrived to compete. This ultimately created a stronger city center.

-Stacy M. Reikowsky, Digital History 2012


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