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