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Gateway to the northern plains : railroads and the birth of Fargo and Moorhead

Author: Carroll L Engelhardt
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 1860s, land speculators in Minnesota and the Dakota Territory expected that a great city would rise where the railroad crossed the Red River of the North. In 1872, after the Northern Pacific Railroad laid its first tracks across the river, it brought settlers, capital, and access to Eastern markets and gave birth to the twin cities of Moorhead and Fargo."
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Engelhardt, Carroll L.
Gateway to the northern plains.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)607932220
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carroll L Engelhardt
ISBN: 9780816649563 0816649561 9780816649570 081664957X
OCLC Number: 77574644
Description: xx, 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Contents: Railroads at Red River --
At the crossing : the incorporation of Fargo and Moorhead --
Booster dreams : Henry Bruns and Moorhead's collapse --
Boomtown on the prairie : Fargo becomes a gateway city --
In pursuit of vice and moral order --
Old and new Americans : the people of Fargo and Moorhead --
Domestic virtues : middle-class moral order --
Vagabonds, workers, and purveyors of vice --
Building a better community : the politics of good government.
Responsibility: Carroll Engelhardt.
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"In the 1860s, land speculators in Minnesota and the Dakota Territory expected that a great city would rise where the railroad crossed the Red River of the North. In 1872, after the Northern Pacific Railroad laid its first tracks across the river, it brought settlers, capital, and access to Eastern markets and gave birth to the twin cities of Moorhead and Fargo."

"Historian Carroll Engelhardt's Gateway to the Northern Plains chronicles the story of Fargo and Moorhead's growth. Once just specks on the vast landscape of the Northern Plains, these twin cities prospered, teeming with their own dynamic culture, economy, and politics. Moorhead developed first, boosted by railroad manager Thomas Hawley Canfield, who touted it as superior to Fargo. However, Northern Pacific Railway chose Fargo as its headquarters, and it became the "Gateway City" to North Dakota."--Jacket.

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