Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air: North Dakota's Transportation Story

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air: North Dakota's Transportation Story

Hop on Board the Northern Pacific Railroad, take a ride on an ox cart or cruise down the Missouri River for a whirlwind tour of North Dakota’s transportation history. Produced by Prairie Public Television and the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Rivers, Roads, Rails and Air shows how North Dakota’s transportation has changed throughout history and how North Dakota’s history has been tied to those changes. Rivers, Roads, Rails and Air uses archival photos and film and interviews with historians, longtime North Dakota residents and transportation experts to detail transportation in North Dakota, from its early beginnings to the present.

This Prairie Public Classic documentary was first aired in 1996.


  1. Boyd The Goofball on November 17, 2022 at 10:03 am

    The Jackalope is more common in South Dakota.
    There was oil drilling in North Dakota in the 1980’s. They knew that the oil was there but didn’t know how to extract it then.

  2. In_The_Woods on November 17, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Great job. I enjoy these smaller productions.

  3. Aidan Hansen on November 17, 2022 at 10:03 am


  4. archlinuxrussian on November 17, 2022 at 10:08 am

    And this is why we have Public Broadcasting 🙂 great video!

  5. juan salinas on November 17, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Bien un Arica.. Chile.
    Proud been part of North Dskota Community for 25 years..what a awesome video.!!!!!

  6. Nobody Special on November 17, 2022 at 10:30 am

    The most Beautiful thing we like about North Dakota… The People, they wave with all five fingers and are willing to spend a few minutes talking to those of us visiting. If others would just slow down and visit, they might see the same beauty, We’re praying we can visit once more in 2022.

  7. Bushra Sajid on November 17, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Us is so big country. Lot of lands river crops.natural environmental and has big ocean.then why this country enter others countries like Iraq.afghanistan.japan.vitenam.libya and so other.all humanity need peace and love in this world. Then why people and countries are quarrel with one another.we invite all human beings to make this world beautiful. There is lot of hunger povety diseases and many other issues we should always work for humanity.

  8. Buzzy Leonard on November 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Not sure if this is even still here. My gg grandfather was the manager of this co-op from 1903 until 1969 when it closed. He told a story of killing a guy that worked for him here. Albert Bickford was his name. Albert came to work drunk all the time, my ggg had his fill of it one April day, when Albert came stumbling in to the main entry way. my ggg threw a clevis at Albert striking him in the head. He was bleeding profusley but still alive and enraged. Albert pulled a cycle down from the wall and ran at my ggg, in doing so fell face down in a pile of grain. My ggg was very angry and picked up a Muller Stone and beat Albert repeatidly in the back of the head until dead. My ggg being the manager of this mill, getting his employees to help dispose of the body. It is said that theydug a 12-foot-deep hole with a Fordson Tractor and blade, dumped the wooden barrel holding Bickford’s remains into the pit, and then piled more than one dozen wooden barrels on top of Bickford’s, before filling the hole in with dirt to cover up the evidence. Many residents were questioned as to the disapearance of Bickford, but everyone remained silent. Until now. Scott Louser of Minot ND whose ggg workrd for my ggg, knows the story and also knows the exact burial location of Bickford. Louser has spoken out many times but to deaf ears. He is now being heard. Louser states the body is buried exactly as described, and is under the grain mill. I’m not sure is this Grain elevator still here in Arena ND? FOX 5 may invstigate I have been told. Does anyone know the status at this date?

  9. showmeMO on November 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I worked in North Dakota for a number of years in the 70s. I drove thousands of miles on gravel. I have to say, a lot of those gravel roads were in better shape (depending on the county) than many a paved road south. Even in the winter. And if by bad fortune you got your front end into a drift on the side of the road, it wouldn’t be an eternity before someone would come along and pulled you out. It’s just how things were done there. Nodaks are good folk.

  10. Jeffrey D on November 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

    32:00 1904 verssion of google maps

  11. Ethan Block on November 17, 2022 at 10:56 am

    29:00 if you want to hear the strongest Nort Dakota accent ever!

  12. Al Testic on November 17, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I hear not much has changed. They say the biggest attraction is a mall in Fargo. I can’t find much else on the state..

  13. Jampa Surprenant on November 17, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Great history documentary of north Dakota .

  14. trainrover on November 17, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Painted Canyon’s my most memorable experiences in the continent.

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