South of Norman County on U.S. Highway 75 is Clay County (pop. 58,999), named for Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky.
The county seat of Clay County is Moorhead (pop. 38,065), located on the east bank of the Red River, across from Fargo, N.D. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area has a population of 208,777.
The current slogan of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau is “Always Warm!”
Minnesota State University Moorhead (7,500 students) and Concordia College (2,800 students) are both located in Moorhead. Concordia College is famous for its world-traveling Concordia Choir.
Buddy Holly was flying to Moorhead when he died in a plane crash in Iowa on Feb. 3, 1959.
The Rourke Art Museum is in Moorhead’s former federal courthouse and post office, built in 1915 in the Classical Revival style.
Moorhead’s Hjemkomst Center is the home of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, a full-scale replica of an actual Viking ship.
Interstate 94 runs through Moorhead; it goes west across North Dakota to Billings, Montana, and southeast to Port Huron, Michigan.
The town of Barnesville (pop. 2,563), in a potato-growing region, has its annual Potato Days festival in August.
Buffalo River State Park, east of Moorhead, has prairie and woodland areas.
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