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Fargo, ND (FAR)

Historically known as the "Gateway to the West," Fargo was founded in 1871. Amtrak has a waiting room in the old REA building adjacent to the former Great Northern Railway depot.

Station Facts

Fargo, ND Station Photo

Fargo, North Dakota

420 4th Street North Fargo, ND 58102

Station Hours

Annual Station Revenue (2015)
Annual Station Ridership (2015)


Facility Ownership BNSF Railway
Parking Lot Ownership BNSF Railway
Platform Ownership BNSF Railway
Track Ownership BNSF Railway


12 Long Term Parking Spaces Accessible Payphones Accessible Platform
Accessible Restrooms Accessible Ticket Office Accessible Waiting Room
Accessible Water Fountain Baggage Storage Bike Boxes
Checked Baggage Dedicated Parking Enclosed Waiting Area
Pay Phones Restrooms Short Term Parking Spaces
Ski Bags Ticket Office Wheelchair
Wheelchair Lift

Routes Served

  • Empire Builder


Derrick James
Regional Contact
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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Station History

Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota, was founded in 1871 and has been historically known as the "Gateway to the West." Amtrak has a waiting room in the old American Railway Express Agency (REA) building adjacent to the former Great Northern Railway (GN) depot. Both buildings, designed by architect Samuel Bartlett and constructed of red brick with light sandstone trim, were completed in 1906. The depot includes a four-sided clock tower and covered, open air waiting areas; today, it is used for commercial purposes.

Amtrak moved into the REA building in spring 1986, and an open house held on April 5 attracted more than 1,500 visitors. The ribbon cutting included U.S. Senator Mark Andrews and Mayor Jon Lindgren.

The GN is considered to have been America’s premier northern transcontinental railroad, running from St. Paul, Minn., to Seattle. It was formed in 1889 by James J. Hill, who orchestrated the merger of the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad with the St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Manitoba Railway. Hill holds a special place in railroad history and lore, and is known as the “Empire Builder.” Whereas most transcontinental lines were built with federal assistance in the form of federal land grants, the GN did not utilize this method.

Hill’s business acumen guided the planning and construction of the GN. Much of the upper Midwest and West was sparsely settled, so instead of racing across the continent, the GN developed the regions through which it traveled as it steadily moved toward the Pacific. This action helped settle the land and created a customer base. Hill the businessman actively sought to establish trade links with Asia, and the railroad is credited with putting sleepy Seattle on the map and transforming it into an important and powerful Pacific Ocean port after the railroad reached the West Coast in 1893.

Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by two daily trains.