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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.
Photographed 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 Tamarac 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 at the 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 1930's. The trees were gashed into the sapwood and the maple sap was collected in birchbark containers placed 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
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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 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Government Road (approx. 6.2 miles away); Detroit Lakes — A City with a Past (approx. 11.9 miles away); The Woods Trail (approx. 11.9 miles away); Becker County Courthouse (approx. 12.4 miles away); Detroit Lakes Carnegie Library (approx. 12.4 miles away); St. Columba Mission (approx. 15 miles away).
 
The Old Indian Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, September 8, 2019
2. The Old Indian Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 94 times this year. Last updated on June 16, 2023, by Annette Fillmore of York, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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