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Here's a really super guide to 'Fargo' filming locations

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Created by Roadtrippers - June 15th 2016

'Fargo' really is a terrific movie, don'tcha know! Despite the fact that's it's not really based on a true story the way the opening credits say (darn tootin'), the Coen brothers grew up around the area and they did a really super job of capturing what the people are like in a part of the country that isn't often portrayed in the movies. It wasn't exactly filmed in Fargo or Brainerd (they were in the midst of a mild winter, so the filming had to find snowier-lookin' locations) but you can still explore Fargo's filming locations around Minnesota and North Dakota!

1601 South Univ Drive, Fargo, ND, US

CJ's Kitchen

First things first: if ya need to fuel up on pancakes like Gaear, head to CJ's Kitchen for some of the best breakfast in town. It may not technically be a filming location, but they make some really super pancakes!

501 Farwell Ave, South St. Paul, MN, US

Stockmen's Truckstop

Minnesota takes a lot of pride in being the birth place of tall-tale character Paul Bunyan (well, one of the reported birthplaces, at least) so it's no surprise that mom-and-pop diner Stockmen's Truckstop was redecorated as the "Blue Ox Motel", named for Paul Bunyan's pet Babe, for the movie. The Paul Bunyan Statue itself that they show was built specifically for the film and taken down, but don'tcha worry now...there's plenty of Paul Bunyon stuff to see!

17553 State Highway 18, Brainerd, MN, US

Paul Bunyan Land


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Head to Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd (where our hero Marge Gunderson lives) and ya can visit a statue of Babe the Big Blue Ox!

4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN, US

Edina City Hall

The Brainerd Police Department's filming location was at the Edina City Hall (which was remodeled in 2004 and plus it looks totally different not covered in snow, don'tcha know).

729 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, US

Minneapolis Club Parking Ramp - Fargo

The disastrous money hand off between bad guy Carl and Wade was at the Minneapolis Club Parking Ramp...

420-498 SE 8th Ave, Minneapolis, MN, US

Centre Village Parking Ramp

...and a bloodied Carl leaves from a different garage-- the Centre Village Parking Ramp.

Garfield St Ne, Minneapolis, MN, US

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Oh ya, and Carl steals a license plate from a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport parking lot...then gets into a terrific argument with the parking lot attendant.

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501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN, US

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

The Jose Feliciano concert that Carl and his lady friend attend at the Carlton Celebrity Room was actually filmed at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

23855 Forest Blvd N, Forest Lake, MN, US

Hitching Post Motel


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Oh, and Jerry is arrested at the Hitching Post Motel, which isn't in Bismark ND, but in Forest Lake MN. It's a really super little place.

2001 44th St S, Fargo, ND, US

Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center

It's a heckuva shame that the cabin where Margie finds Gaear "disposing" of the bodies of his victims has been dismantled and sold...but I tell ya what; if ya stop by the charming little Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center, they have a really super exhibit on the movie 'Fargo', with copies of the script, some movie memorabilia and the notorious Fargo Woodchipper on display.

2001 44th St S, Fargo, ND, US

Fargo Movie Woodchipper

There's even a replica of it out front in case ya stop by while they're closed. Isn't that just terrific?


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