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!"

Old Stage Coach Line

Main Street
Gladstone, ND

Lat:46.861  Lon:-102.566

Established in 1878, the Fort Keogh Mail & Freight Route traveled from Bismarck, ND to Ft. Keogh near Miles City, MT and continued until 1882. Relay stations were developed at areas where previous campsites, such as what Custer and his army had used, for temporary resting of the troops and animals. In 1879, two young men, Peter Larson and Litton Shields, had the contract to grade at Green River. They planned to work all winter, and so they dug shelters on the banks of the Heart River, near the present town of Gladstone. The dugouts protected seventy-five men and sixty horses and mules. Around the middle of December, the weather turned extremely cold and operations needed to be suspended until spring. The men and horses were stranded with limited supplies. Fourteen volunteer teamsters from Mandan suffered frostbite and extreme conditions and hardship trying to transport the cargo to the Green River Station. The Green River Station also had exciting experiences with Native American encounters. In April 1880, Mr. Shields brought his new bride to the headquarters. Soon after settling, a nocturnal raid took place and a herd of horses was stampeded and stolen. Mrs. Shields cared for two men who had been attacked by Native Americans. They were former employees of Mr. Shields. One man survived, however the other succumbed to his wound and is buried just northwest of where the N.P. Depot in Gladstone once was.