Perceptions on the Prairie: Cultural Contrasts on the Red River Trails.

Gilman, Carolyn
Based on the book The Red River Trails: Oxcart Routes Between St. Paul and the Selkirk Settlement, 1820-1870, this article focuses on the symbolic role the trails played in linking two distance cultures (the preindustrial hunting-farming communities in Canada and the growing river town of St. Paul) as well a two geographical areas. Utilizing primary sources, the author explores the various perceptions of the prairie, the trails crossed, and how those perceptions were influenced by the traveler's point of origin and destination.

Analysis of the Minnesota River Valley Trail

Minnesota State Planning Agency
The report contains recommendations on location, dimension, and types of trails for the Minnesota River Valley trail system along the lower river. Part I includes brief descriptions of the physical character of the valley and its history. Previous recreation proposals for the trail system are reviewed in detail, as well as existing trail program (especially the status of land acquisition) at the time of publication.
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