Red River Cart by Leslie van de Ligt

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Featured in the Group Canadian Historical and Pioneer Sites June 14th, 2010

Looking at this replica it is not hard to imagine the early settlers in the 1800s travelling the prairie with an ox pulling this cart full of their belongings. I have read that some settlers tarped them over as well. We are all so familiar with covered wagons that this makes an interesting addition to our knowledge. Captured at the entrance of the town of Craik which was one of the Saskatchewan River destinations for trappers and furs. Found at Saskatchewan. Highway 16 East just a few kilometers East of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Canon Rebel XSI Sigma Dc 55-200mm

Red River Cart

The Red River Cart played a prominent role in the development and settlement of the North-West Territories and Saskatchewan. The two-wheeled carts were used extensively in eastern Canada soon after European arrival in the early 1600s, but did not arrive on the prairies until the early 1800s. As fur traders and explorers pushed west into the settlement of Red River, Manitoba, it became apparent that not all of their travel could be conducted by York boat or canoe. By 1801 plans were undertaken to build an all-wooden, two-wheeled cart held together with green buffalo hide that tightened exceptionally well after drying. The two wooden wheels were approximately 1.5 metres in diameter, and the open box could hold loads of up to 450 kg. The entire cart had two long poles protruding from the axles, which were lashed to a mule, horse, or oxen. Because the carts were made entirely of wood they could easily be repaired along the trail, could float across shallow streams and be pulled through swamps or bogs, and were exceptionally sturdy. They were very easy to operate, and it was not uncommon to have one driver manage a brigade of carts at one time. At the peak of their existence it is estimated that as many as 2,500 Red River Carts traversed trails in a single year through what is now Saskatchewan. During that time the carts carried more than 600 tonnes of freight for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) alone. The resistance to use axle grease, for fear of dust collection, led to the wheels producing a high-pitched squeal that could be heard several kilometres away. One of the routes that experienced the majority of traffic from Red River Carts was the Carlton Trail: throughout the 1860s the HBC reported on average 300 carts making one trip per season on this trail, carrying supplies, provisions, and furs. Over time, the carts were replaced by steamboats that traveled along navigable waterways such as the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers, and by locomotives on the railways.

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Comments

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Leslie, and so nicely documented, very interesting…BTW I will respond on BM tomorrow, after my Doctor,s apptment OK

  • Thanks so very much Larry. Much appreciated. Look forward to hearing from you :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago


    Your Hosts: Scott and Barb

  • It is always a pleasure to add to this wonderful group Barb.Thank you. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantalmost 5 years ago
    Wow not only is this a great photograph but what an interesting history, great work Leslie.
  • Thanks so much Malcolm I really appreciate it. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Leslie!

  • Thanks Cee! So appreciated :>)) LEslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • I love submitting to this truly wonderful Group Cee. Thankyou. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thanks so very much Barbara :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago


    Ground transportation vehicles built prior to and including 1949
    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thanks Antanas. A piece of history for sure. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful work, Leslie! Such an informative piece on an integral part of Canadian history!

  • Thank you so you so very much Deb. I love finding out the information on the history of things. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 5 years ago

  • WOW! Thank you so very much. What an honor to receive this. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt


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