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Near Rochert in Becker County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Old Indian Trail

 
 
Old Indian Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, September 8, 2019
1. Old Indian Trail Marker
Inscription.  This trail was used by early settlers and Indians to reach the maple sugar and wild rice campsite located at the north end of Tamarack Lake. It extended east to the Ottertail River and then branched to the south and north. The south branch followed along the west side of the Ottertail to the centuries old Indian Crossing and campground at the outlet of Rice Lake now known as “Mitchell Dam.” The north branch followed along the Ottertail River to the outlet of Round Lake. Five miles north of this location the heavily used “Yellowhead” Indian trail joined the Ottertail. Look for this trail marker near the ancient Sioux burial ground.

Most of the maple forests in the vicinity of Tamarac Lake were used by the Indians until the 1930s. The trees were gashed into sapwood and the maple sap was collected in birchbark containers places at the base of the trees. Look for swollen bases on the larger maple trees along the trail. The clearing to the north of this marker is the original early settler clearing of Mr. Ole Dahl, who occupied the site in 1905.
 
Erected 1963 by Tamarac National

The Old Indian Trail image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, September 8, 2019
2. The Old Indian Trail
Wildlife Refuge, Becker County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 46° 56.304′ N, 95° 39.238′ W. Marker is near Rochert, Minnesota, in Becker County. Marker is on County Road 29 one mile south of County Road 26, on the left when traveling south. Located next to Tamarac Lake. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochert MN 56578, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Government Road (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.   2. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021