Lefse and Uff Da
Though increasingly cosmopolitan, Fargo is at its core an outpost of Norway. Lawrence Welk is still seen every Saturday night on Prairie Public TV, Kroll's Diner has ads where two old ladies dressed as waitresses admonish you to "Sit Down Unt Eat!", and if something is good you say "Fer Neat!" and if it is bad you say, "Uff Da!". Even I, a displaced southerner, have fallen into saying "Uff da" in an unconvincing accent. And yes, some folks really do talk like the movie "Fargo" though nobody wants to admit it.
Northern Pacific Depot
The Northern Pacific Depot has been a Fargo landmark since its construction in 1898. In 1971 Burlington Northern, successor to the Northern Pacific Railroad, deeded the depot and its grounds to the city of Fargo. Momentum to preserve the historic landmark began to gather steam. In 1975 it became the first Fargo building entered on the National Register of Historic Places, and a campaign was begun to restore its interior. Presently owned by the Fargo Park District, the depot also houses the Fargo Senior Commission and the Senior Center.
The movement to renovate the park, gardens and fountain began in 1981. A novel plan was developed to fund the project: Volunteers would “sell” the bricks to be used to pave the area. Some 9,000 bricks were purchased by families, businesses and organizations at $20 each. Now incorporated throughout the courtyard, each is engraved with its supporter’s name or slogan. Local businesses and individuals contributed services and furnishings to complete the plaza, from its distinctive clock and fountain to the gazebo, globe lights wrought-iron tables and chairs, benches flagpoles and flowerpots.
Completed at a cost of nearly half a million dollars-none of it tax money-Depot Plaza was dedicated on September 8, 1984, a symbol of pleasure and pride in Fargo’s heritage.
The depot was also the site where General Grant and General Sheridan stopped on Sept. 4th, 1883 on their way to drive the golden spike which would complete the Northern Pacific Railroad. The spot is marked by a plaque near the fountain.
The Northern Pacific Depot is Located at 701 Main Ave.
Roger Maris Museum
This small museum located in the West Acres Mall - is easy to find and FREE to see.
The museum traces the career of legendary Fargo athlete Roger Maris.
As a New York Yankee, Maris gained fame when he hit 61 home runs during the 1961 season, breaking the longstanding record of the great Babe Ruth.
At the exhibit you’ll see actual film of Roger's last 12 homers of 1961, along with his uniforms, baseball equipment and other memorabilia.
Mall doors are open from
and from 10am-6pm on Sundays
What you see is what you get
Fargo is strictly a drive-thru city. It might be ok to pull over to refuel, but I would strongly advise against spending the night or even detouring off the interstate to check out the downtown or other neighborhoods. Simply put, nothing is going on here. Fargo is blander than bland.