Smith's Red River Cart Rental

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Our Red River Cart Rides

  • Sturdy carts
  • Able to become a raft to cross a river
  • Easy to repair
  • Carry nearly a thousand pounds
  • Break down easily
  • Makes an ear-piercing screech while moving
  • Slow moving
  • Being exposed to the elements
  • Was made by the Metis people but the first record of it being made was in Fort Pembina, by North West Company trader Alexander Henry Jr.
How did it impact North Dakota?
  • It allowed fur traders to move farther away from the rivers.
  • Resulting in more people moving into the heart of North Dakota
Importance to ND
  • Eventually made cart brigades more organized
  • Increased the traffic of the trails with more trades,fur traders,etc
  • Supplies and goods were able to travel faster

The red river cart first appeared in the 19th century made by the Metis. Its first use was for carrying hides, dried meat, and tallow from their semiannual bison hunts on the plains. Eventually it was used for carrying supplies to trading posts. It was eventually replaced by steamboat and railroad in the late 19th century.

About our service

At Smith's rental we are proud to offer the proud people of North Dakota with high quality Red River Carts made of the finest woods available.We guarantee it will be able to help you with your moving needs with ease. We are open from 9:00 to 5:00 on weekdays and on weekends 9:00 to 3:00

Our selection of fine carts

Red River Cart - Bruce Osborne playing.