Hawthorne is a community that stretches to downtown Fargo to the north, South University Drive on the west side, 13th Avenue to the south, and the North Dakota/Minnesota border to the east. The eastern border is actually a natural one, the Red River. While the Red River separates much of North Dakota from Minnesota, it also separates the metropolitan area of Fargo from Moorhead, Minnesota.
The Main Avenue Bridge and the Central Avenue Bridge connect the two cities for daily commuters. Farther south on Linderwood Drive is a crossing ferry that provides another alternative for commuters.
Between the Main Avenue and Central Avenue bridges is a railroad bridge. This particular railroad runs through Mid America Steel, one of Fargo’s major steel production mills, then goes across the river and through Moorhead.
The blue-collar Mid America Steel stands out in the white-collar business sector of Hawthorne. It is located off Main Avenue near the river bank. Commercial concerns such as the high-rise Wells Fargo Bank building and several restaurants and retailers make up the rest of this street.
Island Park is Hawthorne’s main park. It’s also the central park of Fargo. It has pedestrian trails under thick foliage. The park is the home to the Fargo Park District Swimming, which includes a public swimming pool, baseball/softball fields, and several tennis courts.
On 4th Street, on the east end of the park, is Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre. The stage of this theater serves as the home to local productions, as well as a destination for touring production companies who put on off-Broadway productions.
On the corner of 4th Street and 6th Avenue, across from the park, is Prairie St. Johns Hospital. It is one of several major hospitals in the Red River region and the only hospital located in the Hawthorne community.