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    North Dakota Prospectors


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    North Dakota Prospectors

    The North Dakota Prospectors began their history as a team called the Allegheny Athletic Association which formed in 1890 when football was still decidedly amateur. Teams not only played against other amateur clubs but against college and even high school teams. What would set them apart was that they began paying their players and, in 1896, fielded the first all-professional team of all-stars. Although officially disbanded during that year, the team continued to play as the Allegheny All-Stars (fic) playing their games on the road.

    When they learned of the USA-AFL, they began playing against their teams before finally settling down in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Ants so named after General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Using the black carpenter ant as their mascot and in their logo, the Fort Wayne Ants joined the USA-AFL becoming a sister city with Fargo, North Dakota. Investors in the Trenton Gas Field gained ownership of the team before forming Standard Oil Company of Indiana which became Amoco in 1922. Louis Blaustein was the owner and founder of Amoco through which he gained ownership of the Fort Wayne Ants.

    The Erie Vets were formed in 1924 as an Independent team that played on the Western Pennsylvania Independent Football Conference until its end and proved unafraid to take on teams with a much more fearsome reputation. In its final years, the Erie Vets were owned by car salesman Red Herron and survived until 1950 when it finally joined the American Association of professional football finishing in second place. The team was purchased by Blausteins' successors and merged with the Ant during a restructuring process where they renamed their team the Indiana Prospectors.

    Although they changed the teams identity, they would keep the ant as a mascot because ants are natures miners and the perfect identity for this team. Focusing on the mining of mineral wealth, the Prospectors would build from within until 1985 when the USA-AFL purchased the USFL Denver Gold and relocated officially to Fargo as the North Dakota Prospectors. In 1995, the franchise purchased the assets of the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners and became more successful among the teams in the Great Northwest. They would then absorb the IFL; Bismarck Blaze and Fargo Freeze in 2000.







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    Legacy Teams

    Chillicothe Giants 1910
    Virden Giants 1913
    Streator Giants 1916
    Chicago U.S. Giants 1917
    Chicago Union Colored Giants 1919
    Aurora Knights (*1920 - 1926 merged with Chicago Giants in 1927)
    Moline Indians 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1919 (merged with Chicago Giants 1920)
    Erie Vets
    Denver Gold
    Sacramento Gold Miners
    Bismarck Blaze
    Fargo Freeze

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    USA-WFL Team

    North Dakota Dynamite

    The Bismarck Phantasy (fic) began play in 1979 as part of the USA-WFL and were moderately successful. When the Denver Gold of the USFL were purchased and relocated to become part of the North Dakota Prospectors, the womens team became known as the Bismarck Gold (fic). The team became more successful but wouldn't appear in postseason play because they couldn't build a strong defense to prevent other teams from being more successful against them. The Prospectors purchased a team called the Denver Dynamite from the Arena Football League for it's own USAFL in 1991 that never took the field. Instead, the teams identity was transferred to the Bismarck Gold transforming them into the North Dakota Dynamite.


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    Denver Gold USFL (1983 - 1985)



    Denver Dynamite (Arena League 1987-1991)



    Sacramento Gold Miners (CFL 1993 - 1995)



    Bismarck Blaze (IFL 2000)



    Fargo Freeze (IFL 2000)





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