The booklet was inspired by and borrows much from an earlier “Look Around Downtown” brochure that was published in 1985 by the Fargo Moorhead Heritage Society. Because the downtown area has undergone many changes over the past twenty years, the Fargo Historic Preservation Commission decided to undertake the creation of a new publication that would reflect the current state of the downtown area. In 2005, the Commission was awarded a grant from the State Historical Society of North Dakota to develop and publish this booklet.
In the spring of 2006, 1,500 copies of this booklet were printed. Those copies were distributed in less than a week due to high demand. The Fargo Moorhead Heritage Society generously helped to fund this reprinting of 10,000 copies in spring 2007.
The Fargo Moorhead Heritage Society also funded the purchase of the building placards that identify buildings on the walking tours.
The brochure was developed by Claire Strom, Christine Kloubec, and Dawn Mayo, with the assistance of Paul Gleye, David Shultz, and Daryl Bachmeier for some of the architectural descriptions. Layout and editing services were provided by Heather Mitzel. Photos of existing buildings were taken by Bill Kloubec of Heliostudio. Special thanks is given to the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies for its research assistance and the cover photo.