Starting at the Fort Seward, an historic U.S. Infantry Post situated above Jamestown, North Dakota, the Wagon Train begins its trek of 80-100 miles through the beautiful state. Similar to wagons in old westerns, travelers ride in canvas-topped wooden wagons as these are what pioneer farmers rode when they first discovered North Dakota. And like these historic figures, the wagons on Fort Seward’s Wagon Train are powered by horses.
The weeklong journey begins with breakfast at sunrise, a stop for lunch at noon and ends with visitors circling the wagons for supper, stories and skits/songs. Trail riders help to make each of the annual trails unique, bringing with them arts and crafts, musical talents and different stories from varied backgrounds and professions. Riders also don pioneer inspired clothing to enhance the experience and authenticity of the ride.
A group of local citizens established Fort Seward, Inc. and the Wagon Trail in 1969 as a way to preserve the rich culture and ancestry North Dakota offers. They aim to promote the history and offer the train to those who wish to relieve the pioneer experience and learn more about the beginnings of North Dakota.
The title of this year’s Wagon trail is Steele’s 125th Birthday Trail on June 25th-July 1st, 2006 and will commemorate the town’s exciting history. There are still slots available; to register visit the Fort Seward Wagon Train online at http://covered-wagon-train.com.
From Interstate 94 take exit 258, go south onto Hwy 281/52. Go down the hill and take a left on 5th Street. Continue and you will see signs and the fort on your left.
The Wagon Train offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Diningware, Portable Restrooms, Wagons and Horse Feed. For a checlist of things to bring visit http://covered-wagon-train.com/check.htm
Fort Seward Wagon Trail
1100 5th Street NW
Jamestown, ND 58401