Why Fargo?

7 Things You Didn't Know About Fargo

1. Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota.

In 2019, the population was listed as 121,889. However, the adjacent suburbs of Moorhead, Minnesota, and West Fargo, North Dakota, can make it feel bigger than it actually is.

2. Fargo sits on the Red River of the North.

The Red River continues to put Fargo on National news with its long history of flooding. The Red River is also one of only a few rivers that flow directly north.

3. Fargo can have extreme weather.

In January, the average high temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is -3 degrees Fahrenheit. In July, the average high is 83 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

But, it's all about the wind chill...

Did you know the lowest temperature ever recorded was -48 degrees Fahrenheit with a windchill of -103 degrees Fahrenheit?.

Did you also know that Fargo has been voted the toughest weather city in America by the Weather Channel? 

4. Fargo was founded in 1871.

Fargo began as a tiny stop along the Red River Cart trail that went from St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada. Nearly six years after the Civil War, Fargo was founded and named after the director of the Wells Fargo Express company. (Fargo was first called Centralia.)

5. Fargo is in an old glacier lake bed called Lake Agassiz.

Fargo and the entire Red River Valley is extremely flat. As the glacier pushed and retreated hundreds of times over many years, it left behind some of the richest soil in the world, which is why the Red River Valley is known for its excellent farmland and production of sugar (sugar beets).

6. Famous Fargoans include...

Johnny Lang, Bobby Vee, Roger Maris, Charlie Korsmo, and Kevin Sorbo, who played Hercules. 

7. Fargo has suffered major flooding.

Fargo has had many major floods, the recordable ones starting in 1897. One hundred years later, in 1997, the river crested at a record 39.5 feet. It was called the 500-year flood, and was predicted to not happen again in our lifetime.

However, in 2009, only 12 years later, Fargo had its second 500-year flood with crests predicted to be 41 feet. Then 42 feet. The community rallied together and filled millions of sandbags. We lost a few neighborhoods. But we saved our city. Click here to watch the news clip.