Old Red Trail: How the Old Red Trail Came to Be

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Known by many names, the Old Red Trail was first devised in 1913 as the northern transcontinental route from New York to Seattle.  North Dakotans embraced the automobile as it became more reliable, using it to go where the railroad did not for business and pleasure.

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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 (2007)

Grade Level

1 - 12

Subject Matter

Social Studies, Science

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