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Heidi Shaffer, Published July 30 2010

Pieces of history: Markers once lining Broadway now at landfill

Markers that once lined Broadway as a tribute to Red River Valley communities still sit in storage at Fargo’s landfill nearly eight years after they were removed.

The marble stones were stripped from Broadway’s sidewalks in 2002 during a street reconstruction project.

The markers, engraved with the names of area towns, were embedded into the sidewalks in 1974 as part of the Red River Mall, a restoration project aimed at slowing car traffic and encouraging pedestrian patronage.

The more than 30 pieces of marble were engraved with the names and founding years of Red River Valley towns and installed along Broadway in their positions relative to the river, with North Dakota towns on the west side and Minnesota towns to the east.

The markers were moved to the landfill for storage during the project, and City Administrator Pat Zavoral said last week he wasn’t aware of any plans to use them, but the city often stores materials with the hope of repurposing them in the future.

“I guess the idea is that there’s someone out there who might be interested in using them,” Zavoral said.

Most recently, the city took granite from the old Fargo Library to build steps in the new library, at 102 3rd St. N., and benches in city parking lots, Zavoral said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511