Red Lake on the move
July 19th, 2019 to October 18, 2019
Red Lake has always had a history of Transportation. The indigenous people who first settled the area used the canoe to travel the water ways. The fur traders followed suit, transporting a great deal of supplies back and forth. In 1925, commerce was the driving force behind transportation Red Lake. When the word was out that gold had been found in Red Lake, thousands rushed up north to stake their claim. Canoes and York boats were used in the summer and later, dog sleds in the winter. In the beginning the methods were virtually the same as on the first day that trading activity was initiated.
Things changed quickly when large amounts of goods were required. Trade goods and supplies that previously took months of difficult freighting at considerable expense to reach their destinations both in and out of these communities, were now transported in a matter of days at a fraction of the cost. Aviation, a series of portages and tractor trains all contributed to modernizing travel. The introduction of highway 105 really opened up travel, and changed the the town of Red Lake forever.