Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead
Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead
Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead
Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead

Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead

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Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Railroads Fargo Moorhead
 
Gateway to the Northern Plains by Carroll Engelhardt Dust Jacket 2007 366 Pages Railroads and the birth of Fargo and Moorhead   Approx 7 X 10 inches
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.
Though the dominant Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul to the south limited Fargo and Moorhead's size and success, settlers from far and wide poured in, creating a diverse population and vital culture. There are many histories of major U.S. cities, but in Gateway to the Northern Plains Engelhardt reveals how the small cities of the plains have made their mark on the country as well as on the reality-and the myth-of the American West.

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