The Fargo Fire of 1893

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In 1893, Fargo was simply trying to thrive amid an impending national depression. One Wednesday afternoon in June, a ferocious fire quickly devoured hundreds of businesses and more than thirty blocks in the heart of the fledgling city. Residents were stunned, but they weren’t defeated. Through perseverance, grit and some helpful insurance money, owners immediately began rebuilding. The arduous reconstruction ended up protecting the city against unemployment and poverty. Author Danielle Teigen describes the efforts and individuals who helped rebuild a stronger, better city. More than a century later, that resilience and determination continues to be a hallmark of the Gateway to the West.
ISBN: 9781467142632
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Dakota
Series: Disaster
Images: 70
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A South Dakota native, Danielle Teigen earned a journalism degree as well as a master’s degree in mass communication at North Dakota State University. In addition to writing for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Danielle has written for a variety of local magazines. She is currently deputy editor for Forum Communications in Fargo. Her first book, Hidden History of Fargo, was published in 2017. Learn more about her and her work at
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