Fargo, ND to Ortonville, MN

The Fargo and Southern Railroad

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Crossing location in Clinton, MN. Photo by Chris Hennebry, June 2003.

The Fargo and Southern Railroad was created by businessmen in Fargo, ND, in order to reach the Milwaukee Road's railroad line in Ortonville, Minnesota, 117 miles to the south. Construction started in 1883 and saw completion a year later. It hauled both freight and passengers, and was responsible for creating a number of communities along its route.

The line came under the control of the Milwaukee Road, who abandoned it in 1980.

Part of the former MILW right of way is now a bike and walking trail in Fargo. It's owned by the Fargo Park District. It starts on Main Street along 25th Avenus South and runs south to 52nd Avenue South. It either parallels or is on the right of way for its length. North of Main Avenue is an underpass ad some still intact trackage, some in use and some abandoned. The intact trackage is served by the BNSF and consists of cement plants.

Photoman475
Fargo, ND
9/8/2012

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If you visit http://photoman475.rrpicturearchives.net/archivethumbs.aspx?id=75904

you can see parts of the ex-MILW right of way and remaining trackage and structures.

Photoman475
Fargo, ND
9/8/2012

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Update: If the proposed Red River diversion is built, much of what was the right of way will be destroyed and under water during flooding situations.

photoman475
Fargo, ND
11/25/2012

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