Created By: North Dakota State University
In July 1871, work began on railroad tracks in what would become Fargo, North Dakota. Nearly a year later the first train crossed the Red River from Moorhead into Fargo and opened up the Dakota Territory to the rest of the country. As the tracks expanded across the territory, depots were built to serve the towns that sprang up around the tracks. Railroad business was conducted here, as well as telegraph services.
The railroad built the Embden Depot in 1900 in Embden, North Dakota. It contained a passenger waiting room, office, freight dock, and a small apartment for the agent who worked there. Agents recieved free lodgings but were charged one dollar a month for coal and lamp oil. One dollar in 1900 is roughly 29 dollars today.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Bonanzaville Main Street Tour