Old Red Trail: Beginning

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The Old Red Trail was a national effort put forth primarily by the AAA., and was laid out in 1914 from Fargo to Medora.  Early directions were complicated and relied on local landmarks more than any official signage. Still, the Old Red Trail was the first major thoroughfare through the state and many people used it to travel more easily, independently, and farther than they had gone before.

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Bob Dambach (Producer); Dave Geck (Editor); Kim Stenehjem, Hope Deutscher (Associate Producers); Dave Geck, Travis Jensen, Lee Westad, Kak Lee, Doug Van Tassel (Videographers); Barbara Gravel (Production Manager); Bob Dambach, Bennett Kubischta (Executive Producers)


Old Red Trail [Documentary]. USA: Prairie Public Broadcasting.

Grade Level

2 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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