The Woods Branch of the Red River Trails (1844-1870)



This year(2019) marks the 175th anniversary of the Woods or Crow Wing Branch of the Red River Oxcart trail through Wadena County. Commencing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada the Red River trail squirreled its way down the Red River Valley and down the Minnesota River Valley to Mendota and later St. Paul, MN. Thus began a half century of commerce between the Selkirk colonies in Manitoba, Canada and St. Paul, MN.