Learn about how although the steamboat industry along the Red River lasted only fifty years, it was an important transitional step in the transportation industry of the area in this video from the Steamboat on the Red series. The steamboats brought commerce, settlers, new towns, and international movements of goods and people to the Northern Plains.
Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.
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