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Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | The Decline of Railroads and Streetcars

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Discover how the building and use of railroads declined due to the popularity of automobiles and trucks. One effect was the development of regional and short line railroads that served smaller communities. Several larger cities used local electric streetcars until the automobiles took over.

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag MN

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Since 1954, giant iron machines have been roaring back to life each Labor Day weekend in Rollag, Minnesota. The Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion attracts thousands of visitors each year with its 210 acres of exhibits and demonstrations. Almost nothing is static, as workers have meticulously restored and revived vintage equipment. Enjoy a glimpse of the sights and sounds of Rollag.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | “A Reluctant and Homesick Pig”

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Learn about the history of steamboats on the Red River. Although its course meandered like a lost and homesick pig, the Red River of the North was a major artery for steamboats, which coordinated with stagecoaches from St. Paul to Fort Abercrombie.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | Red River Oxcarts

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Learn about the Red River oxcarts that were the primary means of transporting goods from the Red River Valley to St. Paul.

Lewis and Clark Minutes | Learning Expedition

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Hear NDSU Professor Mark Harvey who describes what Lewis and Clark would have experienced when first coming to the grasslands.

Timespan Museum: Helmsdale, Scotland | Manitoba Shorts

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Learn about the Timespan Museum in Helmsdale, which tells the history of the Scottish highlands, in this video from Prairie Public's Manitoba Shorts series. Many clans lived among the hills but were evicted to make room for sheep over 200 years ago. The foundations of their homes can still be seen today.

Lewis and Clark Minutes | Jefferson's Vision for the West

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President Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson, describes what he thought the American West would be like when he sent Lewis and Clark to survey the land.