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!"

Gaebe Pond


Located off of Hwy 10 and 1 mile West of New Salem.

Lat:46.8453  Lon:-101.446

Two miles west of New Salem on the Old Red Old Ten Scenic Byway is Gaebe Pond which, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Central Sportsmen's Club supports several varieties of fish and a fishing pier which is handicapped accessible and open to fishing for senior and young children alike.  The Gaebe Pond is the fourth series of dams.  It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid 1930's during the Great Depression.  On the dam's face, there are rocks placed into the earth that spell  CCC for the Corps. For many years this was known as Bumann Dam.  The first of the dams were built before the turn of the century.  The second and third were completed in the early 1900's,  They were constructed by the Peter Bumann family using horse and scrapers.  The dams are filled almost entirely by strong springs above and around the first three dams.  The pond first provided New Salem with ice, which was taken directly from the pond before electricity.  The Bumann family cut and hauled ice from these dams to the ice house on their farm, then called Spring Brook Farm, to the east of the dams.  The ice blocks were very uniform in size at about eighteen inch cubes, so they were easy to pack.  They were placed on layers of straw and hauled on sled by horses fitted with ice cleated horseshoes.  It was hard, cold work and yet a profitable business venture.  People would come all summer to purchase ice for their ice boxes.  The tools used to cut and remove the huge ice cubes can be seen at the local museum.  It was sawed into blocks and stored with straw in an underground cellar.  The Bumann farm was purchases in the late 90's by Dirk Gaebe and he agreed to let the local Central Morton Sportsmen's League develop it into a recreation area.  The local chapter, in partnership with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, put in the dock and stock the water annually with trout, blue gills and catfish.  They also upgrade the banks and grounds regularly.  This fishing opportunity is available to the handicapped, young people and senor citizens.  The grounds are mowed and kept clean by the local chapter.