Red River Cart

This Cart Is Easy To Pull And Light Weight

Let's Go Back To The Past !

The red river cart made its first appearance in 1801 at Fort Pembina. These carts were used throughout most of the 19th century in the Fur trade and in westward expansion in Canada and the U.S. in the area of the Red river . This cart was a simple invention that was developed by Metis for use in their settlement on the Red River in what later became Manitoba. This cart could float across streams, yet it was strong enough to carry loads as heavy as 1000 lbs (450 kg).

How Was The Red River Cart Made

The red river cart was a large two-wheeled cart ,made entirely of non-metallic materials. Often drawn by oxen, though also by horses or mules. Because nails were unavailable or very expensive in the early West, these carts contained no iron at all, being entirely constructed of wood and animal hide.

How Did It Impact ND

The red river cart imported goods from one side of the red river to the other side.

Advantages / Disadvantage


- The tires would always squeak

- Always pulled by oxen

- The wheels would always fall off


- Carried goods

-Transported light

-Crossed Riverbanks