Fargo


Fargo
/fahr"goh/, n.
1. William George, 1818-81, U.S. businessman: pioneered in express shipping and banking.
2. a city in SE North Dakota. 61,308.

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City (pop., 2000: 90,599), eastern North Dakota, U.S. The state's largest city, it is located on the Red River of the North.

It was founded in 1871 by the Northern Pacific Railway and named for William G. Fargo of Wells, Fargo & Co. The development of wheat growing in the area consolidated the city's role as a transportation, marketing, and distribution centre. North Dakota State University (1890) is a noted centre of agricultural research. Local industries include the manufacture of farm implements and fertilizer. The meat-packing plants and stockyards in suburban West Fargo rank among the nation's largest.

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 city, seat (1873) of Cass county, southeastern North Dakota, U.S. It lies on the Red River of the North, opposite Moorhead, Minnesota, and is North Dakota's largest city. Founded in 1871 by the Northern Pacific Railway (Northern Pacific Railway Company) at its crossing point on the river, Fargo served as an outfitting post for settlers with its rail and steamboat facilities. It was named for William George Fargo (Fargo, William George), a partner in Wells, Fargo & Company and a pioneer in the shipment of goods by express. The development of wheat growing in the area consolidated Fargo's role as a transportation, marketing, and distribution centre, and the fertile soil drew Norwegian immigrants. Fargo is located in the state's top agricultural county and produces soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, corn (maize), sunflowers, beans, and barley. Local industries include the manufacture of farm implements and construction equipment, software production, and beet-sugar processing. North Dakota State University (established in Fargo as an agricultural college in 1890) is a noted centre of agricultural research. The city is also a regional medical centre and has an international airport. Adjacent West Fargo is a rapidly growing suburban community. Fargo is the home of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera. The Plains Art Museum houses regional folk and Native American art. Bonanzaville USA, in West Fargo, is a reconstruction of the area's 19th-century farming boom. Other local attractions are the Red River Zoo (featuring some 300 animals), the Fargo Air Museum, and a museum honouring baseball player Roger Maris (Maris, Roger). Inc. 1875. Pop. (1990) city, 74,111; Fargo-Moorhead MSA, 153,296; (2000) city, 90,599; Fargo-Moorhead MSA, 174,367.

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