Where is Fargo filmed? The Series Filming Locations Guide

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One of the most brilliant black comedy dramas is back for its fifth season. This all-new true crime with fresh characters is set in Scandia, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

The first three seasons of Fargo and the fifth season were filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta. The fourth season is the only one to leave Canada for Chicago.

Where was Fargo filmed

The series is loosely based on the Coen Brothers' acclaimed 1996 film of the same name.

The first season was set in 2006 and starred Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman. The second season took place in 1979 and starred Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson.

Welcome to our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of the Fargo series. Click here to go straight to the season three locations, and here for the season four.

Fargo season five locations

Scandia Minnesota
The fifth season is set in 2019 in the real town of Scandia, Minnesota, and North Dakota, but like its predecessors, it was filmed entirely in Alberta.

Dorothy "Dot" Lyon (played by Juno Temple) and her husband, Wayne (David Rysdahl) live in a house at 1219 Riverdale Ave SW, in Calgary.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Fargo season 5 house
Dot's conservative mother-in-law, Lorraine Lyon (Jennifer Jason Leigh), lives in a 17,000-square-foot French mansion in rural Rocky View County, outside Calgary, called 'Terre Blanche'.

Built in 2008, this luxurious 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom home was on the market for more than five million dollars.
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Roy Tillman's Ranch
Roy Tillman's Ranch was filmed on the old Malchow farm, located northeast of Stavely, Alberta.

According to a descendant of the Malchow family, her great-great-grandparents built the house around 1910.
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Stavely farm
The home's multi-generational story and the details about the construction methods, provide a glimpse into a different era.

The Malchow emigrated from Nebraska with 12 children (including two sets of twins) in search of suitable farm land in the newly formed province of Alberta.

The farm accommodated 8 of their 12 children. Four of their oldest sons bought land in the area and established homesteads.

Malchow family farm
The community dances in the loft of the barn were lively events.

Fred, the fourth eldest son built a home adjacent to the Malchow family farm.

In 1925, he was widowed with five kids. He later remarried a nurse and had another eight children, all of whom were born in the house.

Fred's oldest son, Bill, took over the farm in 1959 and raised his three kids there. They sold the farm in 2005.

Fargo granary
The granary used gravity instead of endlessly shoveling grain. The structure was built in a coulee to take advantage of gravity, one of the first of its kind.

The old tree that appears in some of the shots is over 100 years old. It has survived many storms.

(Thank you, Carmen, for helping us to tell this story).

Revere gas station
According to one of our readers, the Revere gas station was located at a semi-abandoned airport southeast of Calgary called the South Calgary Airport.

Built in the 40's, the airport was originally part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP).

Our source noted that it appears that the owner of the property asked that the structure be left in place as a potential set for future film work.
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Snowed Cemetery
As Calgary Herald reported, the production also filmed in Beiseker, High River, Stavely, Nanton, Priddis, and in a private ranch land outside of Calgary.

Jon Hamm plays Stark County Sheriff Roy Tillman, and Stranger Things star Joe Keery is his son and deputy, Gator Tillman.

The Tender Trap
In the sixth episode, "The Tender Trap," there is a scene filmed at the High River Agricultural Society.
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Season four locations

Joplin's department shop
The fourth season was set in 1950s Kansas City, but filmed in and around Chicago.

The Joplin's department store, where the gangsters meet to seal their peculiar deal, is located at 113 E Washington St in Momence (Kankakee County).
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Fargo house
Ethelrida's (E'myri Crutchfield) family home and Oraetta Mayflower's (Jessie Buckley) apartment are located on West Lunt Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago.
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Fargo season 4 locations
One of the first scenes of the new season was filmed near Norwood Park Elementary School in Mulberry Point Park, Chicago.
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Wincke Savings Loan bank
The Wincke Savings and Loan bank, where Loy Cannon (Chris Rock) and Doctor Senator (Glynn Turman) came up with the idea for the billion-dollar credit card, is the Bridgeview Bank Uptown.

Erected in 1924, this is the former Sheridan Trust and Savings Bank building.

Located at Broadway and Lawrence, the interior features a magnificent ornate lobby, pictured below.
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Season 3 Locations

Die diner sign
The third season was set in December 2010 in the towns of St. Cloud and Eden Valley, Minnesota.

The Delightful Cafe in Inglewood, Alberta, had a sign that read DIE when N and R didn't light up.
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Shoot in the Hotel
The Clarion Hotel was featured in several episodes both interior and exterior scenes.

The Swans of Inglewood restaurant and pub was also used for filming.
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Gloria apartment
Across the street is the building where Nicki's apartment is located.

A few other locations in the Inglewood and Marda Loop areas were used as exteriors.
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Season 3 manor
The location managers found a decaying mansion near Indus, the Bow Vista Ranch, which was restored for filming.

The house featured in the Black Summer series was also filmed here.

The Stussy Lots office is located in downtown Calgary, at 505 2 Street SW.
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Fargo Motel
The Hollywood Premiere Motel is located at 5333 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Many interiors for the series were sets built at the Calgary Film Centre.
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Scene in the town shop
The streets of the tiny village of Beiseker doubled as Eden Valley. Pictured, the Red Owl store at 232 6 Street.

Some scenes were also recorded at the CL Western Town and Backlot (the CL Ranch), a movie set located in Bragg Creek.
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Beiseker UFA Petroleum Gas station
The Beiseker UFA Petroleum, as seen in the first episode of season three.

Several snow-covered outdoor scenes were also filmed in the Bragg Creek area.

Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon were the stars of the third season, which was written by Noah Hawley (the man behind FX's Legion, our favorite Marvel product of all time).
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  1. Great page, Thank you kindly! :)

  2. Great Information keep up the awesome work Noah and Coen brothers

  3. "Across the street is the building where the flat of Gloria is located." should be "Across the street is the building where the flat of *Nicki* is located." get your facts straight, son.


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