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!"

Taylor History

Taylor is a small prairie town with a long history relating to agriculture and the railroad.  Taylor was founded in 1882 along the transcontinental rail line of the Northern Pacific Railway, and was developed as a railroad town due to the requirement for a ‘railroad service station’ every ten to fifteen miles. The town name comes from David R. Taylor, a railroad official in Mandan.   Several large fires in its early days arrested the continued growth of the town. 

Today Taylor is recognized for the annual ‘Horsefest’ celebration held annually the last Saturday in July. It is a celebration of the pioneer days in the area when all farm work was done with horses.  Activities on that day include a “horses only” parade, displays and demonstrations with horse-drawn equipment, metal-working in an old-time blacksmith shop, country music, craft booths, and games and events for children. 

The Taylor Lions Club has constructed a public picnic shelter, a kitchen with a char-broiler and public restrooms on the west edge of Taylor on the Horsefest grounds.  The kitchen is available for family reunions and other group events.

Taylor ‘Good ‘Ol Days’ is an event held annually the second weekend in September.  The kick-off activity is an ‘Antique Tractor Trek’ on Saturday of that weekend.  On the Sunday following, there are harvesting demonstrations including horse-drawn binders, headers and tractor powered threshing machines.