We added a postcard of the Fargo Waldorf as it looked in 1911 a few days ago. Here are a few more looks at this long gone Fargo landmark. In the first postcard below from 1906 or ’07, the Northern Pacific Depot is center-left, and the Waldorf is the four-story building center-right. This view is looking southeast from the tracks at 8th Street North.
The postcard above was sent to Miss Margaret Kelly in Detroit, Michigan in February of either 1906 or ’07 with the following message:
Hello Margaret. I just got home from Fargo. Would send from there but did not have address. Now, even away, I think of you. Many thanks for the nice Xmas card. Will write you a letter soon. Hope you are well. Kindest regards from J. and myself. Write [something illegible] Don’t wait. Mrs. [first name illegible] Shea. Two Harbors. 2/22/06 (I believe she mistakenly wrote ’06 instead of ’07)
In the postcard below, from the same time frame, we get a look at the Waldorf from the opposite angle. This shot looks southwest from Front Street and Broadway. The Waldorf is at the end of the block, under the tree. Thanks to Jordan Doerr for the postcard.
Here we have two similar angles on the same scene, nearly ninety years apart. The postcard above is from around 1924. You can see the reddish Waldorf center-right, now a five story building due to the floor which was added sometime between 1907 and 1911. You can also see the DeLendrecies department store, the tan building in the center, which is now part of the scene, and the NP Depot on the left. In the shot below from 2011, the Delendrecies Building and Depot are still there, and the tall, skinny sign behind the lightpole with “LJA Architects” on it marks the spot where the Waldorf once stood.
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Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy