Living the Pioneer Experience on the 49th Annual Wagon Train


JAMESTOWN, N.D. ( – Over 100 participants got a glimpse into the pioneer life during the 49th Annual Fort Seward Wagon Train this week.

The annual wagon train has been touted as one of the most authentic experiences in North America. Those who ride along are able to experience what life was like on the prairie in the 1800s.

Wagon Train Board President Adam Olson says they’ve had a few highlights on the journey so far.

Rodney Kluvers has been part of the wagon train for many years. He’s been wagon master for a lot of them.

Kluvers says one of his favorite parts of this year’s ride came on Tuesday. He also pointed out that they’re expecting a great turnout for the 50th ride in 2019.

The ride started Monday from Fort Seward and will travel approximately 79 miles by the end of the week. The authentic experience has all participants helping to make the wagon train work including cooking, setting up camp and more.

On Wednesday, the group set up camp and held their “olympic games” which featured games like tug-of-war and water games. There was also ice cream making.

This year, over 100 participants from 15 different states are riding. In years prior, participants have come from Norway, Thailand and Canada.

Below are some pictures from the first day and half-way through the ride.

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