Moorhead is the largest city in Northwest Minnesota. The city was platted in 1871 and was named in honor of William Garraway Moorhead, an officer in the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Located in the Red River Valley, the area is rich in agricultural land created from silt deposits from a glacier that melted ten thousand years ago. Incorporation into cityhood occurred in 1881 and then later in the same decade the introduction of electricity, fire, and water and police services. Currently the city is still a transcontinental crossing as interstates I-94 and I-29 intersect west of the city limits.