In the late 1870s, William G. Fargo of the Wells Fargo Express Company offered $500 for the establishment of a paper named the Fargo Express. The first contenders for the prize (A. H. Moore and Seth Boney) were unsuccessful because their paper was printed in Glyndon, Minnesota, although it was called the Fargo Express. Moore and Boney had been publishing the Glyndon Gazette, the first newspaper in the Red River Valley. After moving operations to Fargo, the paper was awarded the prize after publishing their first issue on January 1, 1874. Thus, the Fargo Express was the first newspaper printed in Fargo. It was published weekly by A. H. Moore & Co. until 1875 when it merged with the Glyndon Gazette to form the Fargo Times.