Old Red Old Ten North Dakota Scenic Byway | Things to do

Travel the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway for many exciting things to see and do.  Load up the family or take a trip on your own to explore the "Other Freeway!"

Dickinson History

Dickinson began as Pleasant Valley Siding.  One of Pleasant Valley's first visitors in the fall of 1881 was Wells S. Dickinson, who was in charge of land grants for Northern Pacific Railroad.  Dickinson became an established city in 1883. 

Buffalo hunters shipped out bales of hides and boxes of bones in those early days before the great beast disappeared from the land.  These hunters bought their provisions from the early merchants, sending out their wagon teams in all directions to gather hides.

The Dickinson area experienced agricultural growth along with business growth throughout the 1880s. Dickinson gradually became the main trade center within a 150 mile radius in the territory. The large cattle outfits dotting the countryside took on their supplies at Dickinson and shipped their stock out of Dickinson. 

Energy resources such as oil and coal have long been economic bases for Dickinson.  Fast forward to the present.  Oil development, because of new technology practices has accelerated to mammoth proportions, impacting the city and the surrounding areas with unprecedented growth.  Dickinson is poised to become the epicenter of energy business in North Dakota and the region.

Branding the visitor experience, “Explore the Western Edge”, Dickinson is the gateway to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.