Red River Cart Rides

$15.00 for adults $10.00 for children

Life of a Metis Trapper - Part V: The Red River Cart

About the Red River Cart

History:

A large two-wheeled cart made entirely of non-metallic materials. Often pulled by oxen, though also by horse or mules, these carts were used throughout most of the 19th century in the fur trade and in westward expansion in Canada and the United States. in the area of the Red River and on the plains west of the Red River Colony. The cart was a simple conveyance developed by Metis for use in their settlement on the Red River in what later became Manitoba. According to the journal of North West Company fur-trader Alexander Henry, the carts made their first appearance in 1801 at Fort Pembina.

The impact to North Dakota

The Red River cart helped transport good such as food and other supplies. It could hold thousand pound loads and float across the river. It was important to North Dakota to get goods and send goods, without the Red River carts there would be no way to haul big loads quickly and efficiently.

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Advantages of the Red River Cart:


  • easier means of transportation
  • easier to transport goods
  • could haul up to a 1000 pounds
  • when fitted with canvas-covered bows, they served as tents, and with the wheels removed the carts could be floated across a river.
  • easy to fix
Disadvantages


  • the wooden wheels produced a piercing squeak, but couldn’t be oiled because trail dust and mud would adhere to the wheels.

  • their not very vast

  • very bumpy rides

  • broke easy

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