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Early Travel In The Red River Valley


Scott Wallenberg

Junior High Division


Man has always tried to find ways of transportation thatwould save him time and effort. At first, people had to carry on their backsany goods they wanted to move. They either used yokes or slings hung fromtheir backs or shoulders to support the loads.

People started to tame animals. The strong backs of horsesand oxen could carry much heavier loads than man could for much greaterdistances. Eventually, man began to build sleds, wagons, and other vehiclesto make transportation easier and faster. Even after he had invented a simplevehicle, such as, a two wheeled cart, he still had to use his muscles.

Since then, many kinds of machines have been developedto free man from the crushing difficulties of transportation encounteredin olden days.

Early man lived in a land unmarked by roads of trails.As he wandered about in search of food, he had to hack his way through thickforests, climb high mountains, and wade through dangerous swamps and deepstreams. Gradually, men began to seek the easiest routes which could beused by the pack animals, carts, and wagons. The trails were very rough.

At first, men improved trails only in places where theylived, but they had to build systems of roads in order to control and governlarge areas of land. Roads made it possible to send messengers and mail.Without transportation, our modern society could not exist.

We would have have metals, coal, or oil. And, we wouldhave to spend most of our time raising food. Food would be limited to thekinds that could grow in the climate and soil of our own neighborhoods.

Now, you see why transportation is so very important. Withoutit, we could not exist. Because it takes machines to make food and thento transfer it to the stores and from there we go; to town to buy the productson transportation.


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