A blood-spattered wood chipper isn’t exactly the ideal civic mascot. But in Fargo, they roll with it.
The notorious piece of landscaping equipment where Steve Buscemi met his unfortunate end in the movie Fargo is on display at the Fargo-Moorhead visitors center. There’s even a selfie-friendly replica outside so the lines inside don’t get too long.
Next to the chipper, you’ll see families making all sorts of grizzly poses as people try to climb inside like aspiring human fertilizer. The wood chipper adorns everything from blood-covered t-shirts to Christmas tree ornaments — all available in the visitors center gift shop.
To some, the wood chipper is a fun roadside attraction along Interstate 29 that’s a nice stop next to a strip of chain restaurants that makes for a fun photo op and a way to check North Dakota off their list of states to visit. But stopping in Fargo only for its wood chipper is missing what makes it so charming. Delve in a little further, and you’ll find a college-cool historic town where it’s hard not to have a great time.