I was rummaging through a box of old postcards at an antique store some time ago and I found this old damaged postcard of the Fargo Waldorf Hotel in 1911. I did a restoration job on the postcard and came up with this.
The Waldorf in Fargo was built in 1899, right across the street from the depot. For immigrants from the east, this was frequently the first stop in North Dakota for a lot of travelers fresh off the train. The Waldorf went through several owners over the years, and was also known as the Milner Hotel and the Earle Hotel. It was destroyed in a fire on December 13th, 1951.
This postcard was mailed on July 6th, 1911 to Miss Bess McCullough in Milton, North Dakota with the following message:
This is a view of the hotel in which I work. My room is five blocks away — Hal
This postcard was a fold-out card, and had the menu from the Waldorf kitchen on the inside. You can’t get a meal like this at a hotel these days without breaking the bank.
On the site of the former Waldorf Hotel today — a bank which was later converted to an architectural firm’s office. As of this writing, it is vacant.
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Author: Troy Larson
Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota.