Red River Cart

Why were they invented?

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Red River carts help us with our daily needs
  • They're perfect for traveling through the Plains and easily constructed
  • Designed to carry hides, dried meat, and tallow
  • The Red River Cart can haul as much as 1,000 pounds! It's a strong cart and lighter than most wagons.


  • Squeaking
  • Broke once in a while but was easliy fixed


  • Invented by the Metis
  • Introduced in the 1800's
  • Made from wood and strung together with rawhide
  • Used for farm work and traveling through rough terrain
  • Pulled by oxen
  • Used to carry hide, dried meat, and fur

The impact Red River cart made

  • It made Pembina, North Dakota a flourishing trading post
  • Gave people the ability to haul up to 1,000 pounds of supplies

Its Importance To North Dakota

  • Served different purposes for travelers
  • It put North Dakota on the map for trading

Red River Carts