Old Red Old Ten North Dakota Scenic Byway | History

March 30, 1916 - Mandan Republic Newspaper

T. Terry, a road builder of large experience, is in the city ready to go to work as soon as the weather premits on Morton county roads under the direction of the county commissioners.

The first work to be undertaken in Morton county will be the building of the Red Trail from Mandan through New Salem, Glen Ullin, Hebron and intervening points way to the western boundary of the county, about 70 miles where the work will be taken up by Stark county.

Old Red/Old Ten between Mandan and Richardton is not only a beautiful byway traversing rolling countryside and quaint towns, but also a reminder of the early efforts of the American Automobile Association (AAA) to provide a route for North Dakotans to travel independently of the railroad in the newly available and widely embraced automobile. The Old Red Trail naturally followed a mostly parallel path to the railroad tracks across the state, allowing for gentle grades and easy access to established towns and villages. What started as a dirt trail in the early 1900s evolved over five decades into Interstate-94 making travel across the state safer, faster, and more convenient. To read more, click here.

In May 2007, the ND DOT, along with Prairie Public Television, produced a video that tells the history of the transportation along the Old Red Trail, later known as Highway 10.




Historic News Articles

Historic Photos

The Keogh and Custer Trails

Mandan Republic - March 30, 1916


The Keogh Trail

History of the ND State Highway Department

New Salem

Custer Trail Overview

Forty-One Miles of Black Top


Custer Trail: Camp No. 1


Advertising the Red Trail

Glen Ullin

Custer Trail: Camp No. 2

Red Trail Annexation


Custer Trail: Camp No. 3

Red Trail Annual Session


Custer Trail: Camp No. 4

Custer Trail - The Dickinson Press


 Custer Trail: Camp No. 5



Custer Trail: Camp No. 6



Custer Trail: Camp No. 7


Custer Trail: Camp No. 8