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Red River ox cart trails

by Trinity Gruenberg

Local historians Clarence and Mary Horsager visited Sam Schmitz’s junior economics class at the Verndale School on Wednesday, April 12, to share some history on the Red River Trails.

Clarence, a retired teacher turned farmer, gave a brief history and explained the trail's importance as they were the original highways to transport goods by ox cart. The trails began in St. Paul and converged in Pembina on the Canadian border.

For about 300 years, during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, trail use expanded. . .



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