Created By: North Dakota State University
“This sharp bend in the river was Moorhead’s original residential district. In the 1870s, Moorhead’s early elite built substantial homes on the high ground in the center of the Point. Working class families occupied modest homes on the wooded flood plain nearby. As the 1870s drew to a close, most of the wealthy residents had moved to more fashionable (and drier) areas of the city.
Victimized by repeated spring flooding, the homes fell into disrepair and vacancy. In 1971, homes on the point were leveled in an urban renewal project. The point remained vacant until the Hjemkomst Center was built on the site in 1986. Today the Areas are maintained as Viking Ship Park. However, scattered fire hydrants and trees that once Lined Elm Street and 3rd Avenue remain to remind us of the Point’s residential past.”
For more information on one of the residents that moved, visit sites 25 amd 26.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Moorhead Historic Preservation Walking Tour