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FC: By: Brett Gould | Fun in Fargo! |

1: Fargo, North Dakota is located on North Dakota's Eastern border. It is also located close to the Minnesota border. It is North Dakota's biggest city. Fargo is a city that has a lot of excitement despite the cold winters. In Fargo, there are many interesting museums and exhibits people can visit and enjoy. | Setting |

2: Fargo was founded in 1871. The Northern Pacific Railroad was an important factor in the development of Fargo. The town was named after William G. Fargo. He was the director of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the cofounder of the company of Wells Fargo Express Company. In the beginning, Fargo was a very rough and small town with a population of about 600 in 1876. After people discovered the fertile farmland, settlers arrived and the town grew to around 8,000. On June 7, 1893, a fire was started and strong winds blew the fire all over the city and burned down most of the buildings. One year after the disaster, the city rebuilt 246 buildings some of are still standing today. | Fargo History |

3: The Fargo Air Museum is a great place to go if you are interested in planes and flying. The museum has 20 aircraft including a Goodyear Super Corsair which is only one of three known to exist. If you are interested in sports, then the Roger Maris Museum would be a fun place to go. The museum has a replica of his locker, a film room where you can see all of his highlights, and items from his childhood and MLB career at this museum. The Plains Art Museum is a great place to look at 20 and 21 century art in the City of Fargo. They have 3,000 works of art that span from traditional American Indian art to traditional folk art and much more. | Places of Interest |

4: Fort Abercrombie was a fort that was used from 1858 to 1877. It was built to protect settlers from Sioux Indian attacks in North Dakota. It has now been restored and is used as a museum. Fort Ransom was a military post in North Dakota that was able to hold 200 men. It was built in 1867. Some of the original fort including the moat still stands today. Stutsman County Courthouse is the oldest courthouse in North Dakota that is still standing today. The courthouse was built in 1883. | Historical Sites |

5: In Fargo, there are 85 miles of paths for walking, running, and biking through the North Dakota landscape. The Fargo Marathon is a great marathon for runners and athletes. The marathon has 26.2 miles of track and ends at the Fargodome. It also features a half marathon and a 10k. The Red River Zoo is a fun place to go to see 300 animals and 75 different species. They specialize in rare and endangered species that most people would not generally expect to see in Fargo. | Recreation and other Activities |

6: The Fargo Theater was built in 1926 and is an official historic landmark. At the theater you can see all kinds of things from comedians to plays. The Gate City Bank Theater is located inside the Fargodome and is one of the best places in North Dakota to see a Broadway play. In August, there is a city sponsored Blues Festival thats highly regarded as one of the best in the country. This festival includes the performance of 12 blues bands. | Arts, Culture, and entertainment Opportunities |

7: Fargo is a metropolitan city in North Dakota. Fargo was built close to the Red River on low flat plains. Fargo is a very flat place with few hills. Fargo is the biggest city in North Dakota and is very close to the Minnesota border. | Geography Map |

8: Fargo generally gets a decent amount of rainfall during April and September. Summers are very nice with low humidity, warm days, and cool nights. Winters are generally cold and dry. The temperature remains at zero or below for around half of the long North Dakota winter. During the winter, constant snow and large blizzards are very common. Fargo averages about 35 inches of snow during the winter. It is recommended that people travel in the summer to avoid getting stuck in the snow and blizzards. If you are going to North Dakota in the summer it is recommended that you pack short sleeve t-shirts and shorts. | Geography |

9: One of the most popular restaurants in Fargo, according to the locals is Texas Road House with its delicious steaks and sides that locals love. If you are looking for a sweet treat in Fargo than you should go to Widman's candy shop for some of the best sweets in Fargo. According to the locals, the best place to eat Pizza is Rhombus Guys because of its great selection and great prices. | Cultural Awareness |

10: North Dakota State is one of three major colleges in North Dakota. In football North Dakota State has one of the most respected programs in the state. North Dakota State has a well-respected record in its conference. The Bison is the school’s mascot. The offense of NDSU averages 372 yards a game. They average 196.3 rushing yards a game. | North Dakota State Football |

11: I got off the plane in Fargo and rented a car. I drove into the city and found my hotel. After unpacking my bags and settling into my room, I started out onto the streets of Fargo looking for something fun to do. As I walked, I found a brochure on the ground. The brochure caught my attention as it was titled, "Fun Things To Do In Fargo." I looked at all there was to do in Fargo and was excited about it. | Journal Entry #1 |

12: The next day, I reviewed the brochure and the section describing Fort Abercrombie caught my eye. The North Dakota Historical Society restored the fort and converted it into a museum. I left the hotel in my rental car and drove to Fort Abercrombie. I saw many amazing things there. All the buildings looked just like they would have 150 years ago. When I finished at the museum, I pulled out the brochure and decided I would travel to the Roger Maris Museum tomorrow. I was tired from my day of sight seeing and decided to get back to my hotel to rest for tomorrow's adventure. | Journal Entry #2 |

13: I woke up the next day with my energy restored and ready to go to another museum. I left the hotel in my rental car and was excited about the new things I would see. When I got to the museum, I entered and was quickly amazed with what I saw. The museum was interesting to me because I love baseball. Roger Maris played baseball for the Yankees. The museum replicated his Yankee locker room and contained memorabilia from his childhood baseball days. I left the museum tired but content as I learned a great deal about this famous baseball player. | Journal Entry #3 |

14: On my third and last day in Fargo, I decided to try some of the favorite local restaurants. The locals in Fargo love a place called Rhombus Guys. I once again headed out in my rental car in search of great pizza. When I arrived, the smell of pizza was amazing. The food selection was varied and long. It was hard to choose but I decided on cheese pizza. It was delicious. I finished my meal and left for the airport to start my trip home. As I began my journey home, I thought about my last few days in Fargo. I decided this was one of the best trips ever. | Journal Entry #4 |

15: Fargo is very different and yet, very similar to Kansas City. In Fargo, everyone is friendly and welcoming. The same is true in Kansas City. Both cities have many museums to visit and see. They both also have great places to eat and trails to run and bike. In contrast, Kansas City's population is much larger than Fargo. Fargo's population is much smaller. Although Fargo has many historical sites, Kansas City has many more things to see and do including professional sports teams. | Compare and Contrast |

16: My journey made me more aware of the culture in other states. I learned the history of Fargo. I learned that Fargo is very similar and very different from Kansas City. This trip has inspired me to take other trips. The history I learned by visiting historical sites also made me realize how important each place is and why we need to preserve it so others can learn about it. This journey made me appreciate the history in my own city. | Cause and Effect |,,20496048_11,00.html

17: Fargo, North Dakota is an interesting place to visit. It is full of historical landmarks important to the history of North Dakota and our nation. Fargo residents experience all the seasons of the year in this sparsely populated state. The geography is barren and flat but also has a certain beauty and tranquility. In fact, much like John Steinbeck said in Travels With Charley, Fargo, North Dakota " one of the few places I have ever seen where the night was friendlier than the day." I enjoyed my trip and hope you do as well. | Conclusion |

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