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        Old Red Trail | Resisting the Interstate

        The modern interstate system was not universally welcomed in North Dakota.  Plans for Interstate 94 included dividing some farms, bypassing towns, restricting water drainage, and limited access.  Interviews with North Dakotans in this clip include reminiscences about the early days of the interstate, such as one person who recalled when someone tampered with construction by pulling out stakes and piling them neatly next to the future road’s path.  Even teaching North Dakotans how to use the interchanges and on- and off-ramps was a challenge after the Old Red Trail became the state’s first interstate highway.

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