Friday, February 8, 2013
Cold Spring Area Historical Society
History Series #9
Cold Spring, Minnesota USA
Author Joel Arnold talks about the Red River Ox Cart trail that used to run through Cold Spring, Minnesota, west to the Red River Valley and straight north to Winnipeg, Canada.
Ox Cart Angel is a novel set in 1862, the year of the Dakota uprising in Minnesota. It follows Claire Dumont and her father as they set out on a journey from the Dakota Territory, hoping to catch up to the large caravan of Métis fur traders that left the day before. Their destination? The bustling city of St. Paul, where Papa wishes to open a photography studio. But with only Bone Bag, their one-horned ox, to pull their squeaky cart, they soon realize they may have to make their treacherous journey alone. Braving bad weather, packs of wolves, dangerous river crossings, starvation and exhaustion, Claire and her father try their best to survive the deeply rutted ox cart trails.
In this video, Arnold talks about ox carts and the legacy they left behind in transporting hides down from Canada and exchanging them for pots and pans, flour and other living goods purchased in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Sponsored by Tom Graham and State Farm Insurance in Cold Spring, Minnesota