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Published September 28, 2012, 06:45 PM

NDSU Archiving allows us to see Fargo's past right next to the present

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is one thing to study fascinating photos from Fargo's past. It is another all together to see yesterday and today layered.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is one thing to study fascinating photos from Fargo's past. It is another all together to see yesterday and today layered.

NDSU Archives has a project underway that gives us a glimpse of what Fargo looked like 100-years ago. And using Google's Street View Map, we are able to combine the past with where we are today.

All of us are impressed with how vibrant our heart of the city is. A bustling downtown, tree rich neighborhoods.

But NDSU is taking our past and layering it with today. Archivist and historians here are using a project called HistoryPin. Old photos of Fargo are pinned and tagged on top of current Google Maps.

This is 8th street and 2nd avenue south in Fargo. Near the Mexican Village parking lot.

NDSU'S Ceres Hall.

The website is full of fascinating photos, but they seem to come alive, when revealing what is on the same spot today. Some of Fargo's first pioneer stores, today, the cenex and frying pan on Main and 4th are here.

Before it burned down, Central High school stood where Cass County Social Services is. St. Olav hospital, now a home in the Hawthorne neighborhood. Boulger Funeral home then,a remarkable home....and today on 10th street. The Fargo Arena was home to hockey....now we swim there. Riveting pictures of the 1957 tornado. These near Broadway....and NDSU. A devestated YMCA and HASTY TASTY....home to the Bison Turf and Loaf and Jug on 12th ave north.

And we find out today, that decades before this Hanson Runsvold parking lot, a block away from WDAY??? A World War Two era Dairy Queen. Now history. Are you kidding??

Some of Fargo's grand historic homes, built in the early 1900's reveal the city's appreciation for size and style. Neighborhood gas stations no longer around, brick hotels replaced by modern steel. All photos of a past we cherish and respect, as the city moves forward and progress pushes on.

For more information on this, and setting up your own History Pin, go to WDAY.COM and click on the easy link tab and NDSU Archives.

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