Fort Seward, Inc. Covered Wagon Train pulled by draft horse


Wagons proudly parade down country road with American Flags, photo by J. Turner

Covered wagons proudly parade down a country road with American Flags.



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"I absolutely "died and went to Heaven" the summer of 1970 when I became a first time trail rider with the Fort Seward Wagon Train. I was 24 yrs old and the chaperon for my 16 yr. old sister, .... I decided then and there that I would go again when my family was old enough. In 1979 our youngest child was 4 yrs old and our family of 5 spent the next 13 years traveling with the Fort Seward Wagon Train. We have many wonderful memories and made many lasting friendships over the years.... I LOVE North Dakota! The earthy smell of it's rolling land, the glorious sight of it's sunsets & sunrises, the fragrance of it's prairie flowers, farmer's fields of growing crops, alfalfa, sweet clover, and crisp, fresh smell after a summer rainfall. This is the best way to experience North Dakota living!"


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April 4, 2018 - The Ft. Seward, Inc. Board has decided to extend the group discount from March 31st to April 30th. So, families and friends who come with a group of 3 or more people who register together at same time can still get a discount. So, please be sure to take advantage of this special 10% discount!

Jan. 27, 2018 - Great News! Registrations will open on Feb. 1st for the "The Hitch'Em Up Trail" to be held June 24th-30th, 2018. The board members are starting to get busy on making the necessary preperations for our 49th Anniversary Wagon Train.

Jan. 5, 2018 - We hope each of you had a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! These times during the year, are so special to spend with family and friends.

Nov. 28, 2017 - We hope each of you had a Blessed Thanksgiving with your friends and family. We as Americans have so many things to be thankful for!

A recent celebration was held by Fort Seward board members, celebrating the years of dedication and service by James (Jimmy) Tesky, who has been a member of our Convoy Crew for a number of years, as well as a more recent years serving as a board member. Jimmy has recently retired from the Fort Seward board due to health reasons. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with this good man.

Nov. 15, 2017 - Please mark your calendar! The date is set for our next 49th Anniversary wagon train: June 24th – 30th, 2018. More details should become available during December and/or January.

Oct. 5, 2017 - Fort Seward, Inc. wishes to Thank all those who came to our Fundraiser at The Boondocks. All the seats were full in the dining room area, and it was a beautiful evening. Also, Thank You to the people who donated items for the Silent Auction, and those won the bids on the Silent Auction, your donations were very much appreciated!

July 31, 2017 - Fort Seward, Inc. is having a fun night for Fund Raising in late Sept. Mark your calendar and come and join us!

Fund Raiser

July 11, 2017 - The Fort Seward, Inc. board would like to thank all the Landowners, staff, participants, and various individuals and area businesses who helped to make our 2017 Wagon Train possible. We appreciate all your efforts that help to keep the wagon wheels turning! THANK YOU!!

Please check back around December or early January for new announcements concerning our 2018 wagon train.

2017 Wagon Train

May 15, 2017 - The Fort Seward, Inc. board is lining up the final details and arrangements for our wagon train in June. Trail Trackers have been busy planning the route of the trail also. If you are coming on this years wagon train, don't forget to printout a copy of our Handy Packing List.

Apr. 6, 2017 - Great news! Spring is here in ND, little baby calves and horse foals are being born on our many area farms and ranches. Fort Seward is going to do some real "horsing around" this year too. We are setting up a booth at the MN Horse Fest this April. So, if you are attending that, come and see us!

To celebrate our MN Horse Fest adventure, instead of ending our group discount code on March 31st, like we normally do, we are extenting our 10% group discount through April 30th! So, if 3 or more of you register together at same time, and at least 1 is an Adult, you can still take advantage of this group discount!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec. 18, 2016 - Registrations are open, you can hurry and give a Covered Wagon Train adventure, just before Christmas or the New Year!

Dec. 13, 2016 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We are getting excited around here with the merriment of the holidays, and the special occasions to spend some time with family and friends.

Now we can also announce: Mark your Calendars! The date is set for our next wagon train. Title of the wagon train is "Prairie Winds Trail", and the date is set for June 18th-24th, 2017.

Oct. 13, 2016 - Well, we hope each of you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. But we feel for the people on the lower east coast who have hand to deal the recent hurricane. Here in the Northern Midwest, lately our night time temperatures are starting to get more regularly below freezing temps. The farmers are busy working on harvesting their row crops.

The board has been meeting regularly and with the new fiscal year, they have now started working on the details for the 2017 wagon train. There is a lot of things to consider and decisions to be made, like what direction, where to, what dates, are there any local community events the wagon train could join. We will make further announcements in this area when details are confirmed and official.

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June 25, 2016 - Today the wagon train ended and what a nice week to travel in. There were a couple days that were pretty warm, just a little bit of rain, and some very nice pleasant weather too. The greatest part was meeting with all the nice people who joined us! People who came on our 2016 wagon train came from the following States: GA, IA, IL, MA, MN, ND, OR, SD, WA, WI, and even a person from London, UK.

Thank you to the staff members, many of which volunteer their work. Thank you to the area Landowners and local businesses who helped to make this event possible. Without the efforts of each of you, our annual wagon train would not be possible. It was a pleasure to share this modern pioneer experience with all of you!

June 20, 2016 - Yesterday was wagon train registration and origination, and what a nice bunch of people going on this years wagon train! The weather forecast for the week is not that bad either. But, likely to be on the warm side in the afternoons. This morning the trail riders packed up their gear, at breakfast, and were hoping to be off on their adventure by 8 am. Plans are to be back by next Saturday. Our prayers are they all keep safe, and have an enjoyable modern pioneer adventure this week.

June 10, 2016 - Wow! The wagon train is just a little over a week away! The trail is tracked, and all the last minute preparations have the board members very busy. The board and staff of Fort Seward, Inc. are looking forward to meeting our trail riders on June 19th. Each year when the wagon train comings, it just make the board members excited to go again. They each look forward to the event with a special passion they have for this wagon train.

Hopefully we will have good weather that week. Lately it's been like July summer weather in June. But, in ND, for clothing...layers work well! As weather often changes from very warm to very cool. So, t-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, and raincoat, might be very nice to have on all at the same time, or just the t-shirt at other times while traveling on the day time trail. Just be sure to print out a copy of our Handy Packing List, as it will really help you make good choices on what to bring and have with you on the wagon train.

May 30, 2016 - We hope everyone had a great memorial weekend. We also want to take a little time in thought to appreciated those Veterans who served for our country, as well as remember those family and friends we loved, who are no longer with us.

March 29, 2016 - Spring is here! Don't forget, the "Dakota Valley Trail" registration, 10% group of 3 or more discount is available only through March 31st! Hurry and register now!

January 22, 2016 - The winds are blowing snow across the prairie trails this evening. But, we have the news you have been waiting for! The "Dakota Valley Trail" registration is now open!!

December 1, 2015 - Great News! You can now mark your calendar. Our next annual wagon train will be held on June 19th - 25th, 2016. The name of our next wagon train will be "Dakota Valley Trail". This will be our 47th Anniversary. Registrations will open on a later date.

November 21, 2015 - The Board of Fort Seward, Inc. received more sad news. It is with deep sorrow we heard this morning of the passing of our Head Cook, Joanne Lorenz. She has been cooking for our annual wagon trains since 1969, and was not known to be in bad health. She passed away quickly, a week after Mary Young.

We will be upholding both of these families and their friends, in our thoughts and prayers.

November 16, 2015 - The Board of Fort Seward, Inc. was saddened to hear of the passing of our former Founder/Board Member, Historian, and Head Cook, Mary Faith Young, on Nov. 14, 2015. Mary was one special lady, and our Sincere Simpathy goes to her family.

2015 Pride Of The Prairie Trail

July 2015 - We want to say "Thank You!" to all the individuals, property/land owners, participants, and staff who helped make our 2015 wagon train possible and successful. We sincerely appreciated all of your efforts. This wagon train is only possible because of all of your group efforts. THANK YOU!

June 27, 2015 - Well, our 2015 wagon train started out with a night time rain storm after registration and orientation. And a few trail riders found out their tents were not as good as they had thought and got soaked. But following morning our modern pioneers headed out on the trail for six days of travel. They arrive at Carrington, ND to parade down city streets, and then sadly departed to go home leaving their new found friends.

It was an interesting and fun week. Sometimes the weather got a little warmer then some liked, but as usual, it gave our modern pioneers an adventure and a feel for what the real pioneers felt during the early days of our Nation. An excellent history lesson too!

We want to thank the various Businesses, Individuals, Landowners, and our Volunteer Staff for all your donations to make our annual wagon train possible. We also want to thank our participants, who made the experience worth well for all of us. THANK YOU!

May 8, 2015 - After some really nice weather and the farmers working hard like crazy to seed some fields, North Dakota has fallen back into a cold spell this weekend. Today, in the late morning it was still only 32°!! And worse yet, the weatherman was threatening snow for Mothers Day!!! Well, Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms out there!

Our Board Members have been very busy now, working out the final details of the 2015 wagon train. It's coming up soon! If you have not registered yet, be sure to do so to reserve your wagon train seating.

Some sad news, back in April, a former member of our Convey Crew volunteers, Bill Kruger, passed away. You can find his obit on our missing from the campfire page. Our sincere sympathy/prayers goes to his family.

Mar. 16, 2015 - Wow! There are signs in North Dakota that spring will be coming earlier this year. Yesterday in Jamestown, it got to be 72°, which is a bit warm for mid-March, when generally the highs are in the lower 60's.

This is your reminder, the group discounts of 10% will only be available if three or more register together online or postmarked by March 31st. If you want to take advantage of this discount, be sure to register ASAP, so you don't forget.

Results from the 2014 quilt contest are now posted on the website. You can view the details by click here. Also, finally available is the 2013 quilt pictures, sorry it took so long to get these. Our quilt people seem to be very busy with lots of other things in life, but, did come through for us.

Jan. 3, 2015 - I just got word that registration is now officially open for the "Pride Of The Prairie Trail", that will be held June 21st - 27th, 2015. YIPPY! Be sure to register early with three or more people at the same time to take advantage of the 10% group discount! Click here to go to our registration options.

The Fort Seward crew has been busy like beavers lining up the details, and can hardly wait until spring when the new trail can be tracked for the maps.

Nov. 30, 2014 - Mark Your Calendar! The board of directors have had a few meetings since the last wagon train. They have now annouced the dates for the next wagon train. It will be called "Pride Of The Prairie Trail", and will be held June 21st - 27th, 2015. This will be Fort Seward, Inc. ~ 46th Anniversary!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and now we wish you a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year too! We hope to see some of you in the new year on the trail next June.

2014 Wagon Train

July 10, 2014 - Well, Mother Nature caused us a few rain events and we got wet, but the wagon train kept going, and clothes dried out. We had a good bunch of people with us too! We would like to thank all who attended, and all the volunteers, landowners, and the donations received, that helped us to celebrate our 45th year. THANK YOU!

We will have an informal home movie quality DVD video available this winter from the 2014 wagon train. To reserve your copy go to our store and make a donation to Fort Seward, Inc. Click Here.

Next meeting coming up this weekend, the board will be setting up the expenses for this years wagon train. Then the meeting next month will be to start planning for 2015 wagon train.

June 23, 2014 - Just ate breakfast this morning with the trail riders before the wagon train departure. What a nice bunch of people! We watched them safely get started down the trail, and our prayers are that they have a fun and safe adventure! If you have an emergency and have to get hold of a participant on the wagon train, please use the phone number up above. They have ways to get hold of certain staff members on the wagon train to get your message out.

April 22, 2014 - Wow, the wagon train is just 8 weeks away, time is flying and spring is here! First news, is we are working on lining up the wagon train, as usual.

For those who want to fly in. Our Jamestown Airport is in limbo through May. One airline has discontinued service to Jamestown. And United Airlines/SkyWest will be putting in flights from Denver, CO, starting on June 5th. So if you want to book a flight direct into Jamestown, ND, you will have to wait until June 5th to do so. The Jamestown Airport Phone number is: 701-252-6466 Website is

Jan. 05, 2014 - Well, the board of directors have been very busy planning our next wagon train. They already had a meeting this month and have officially opened registrations. Be sure to register early to save your wagon seating.

There will be a 10% discount to groups of 3 or more people who register at the same time and this discount will be available until March 31st. So, spend some quality time with your friends and family and come join our family on our annual covered wagon train!

Dec. 02, 2013 - We wish all our friends and staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The board continues to plan the 2014 wagon train. Title of this trail will be: Fort Seward Pioneer Trail ~ "Celebrating North Dakota's 125th". Again, so you can plan your vacation time, the dates will be June 22nd through the 28th. I have not been told yet when registrations open. But would guess very late December or January. Please check back about then.

Nov. 11, 2013 - Good news, dates are set. The board is working on details for the next wagon train. The dates have been set so you can plan your vacation time. It will be held June 22nd through June 28th, 2014. There will be more details available after the next meeting. I would guess registrations will open in late Dec. or during Jan. Please check back later.

2013 wagon train

August 31, 2013 - The board has been finalizing the details and bills of this last wagon train. At the next board meeting, they will start planning the 2014 wagon train.

July 24, 2013 - We want to say THANK YOU! to everyone who helped to make this years wagon train both enjoyable and a success. Each and everyone of you made it possible. The landowners, City of Jamestown, several businesses in Jamestown, several individuals who did not come on the wagon train, those who rented us needed equipment, farriers that made their appointments, the staff members, and each of the participants. All worked their magic to pull this event together and make it possible!

The board just had another meeting to settle up details and bills for the 2013 wagon train. They were very happy with all the people who came and also became like family during the week. They were especially happy that mother nature spared our modern pioneers from the heavy spring rains that were happening just prior to the wagon train. Warm sunny weather made the wagon train much more enjoyable!

The board will need at least one more meeting to close the books on 2013 and then they will start to plan the 2014 wagon train around September. Please check back in Nov. or Dec. for annoucements about the 2014 wagon train.

June 18, 2013 - The board is super busy this week doing all the preps for the wagon train. Have a good and safe trip here to North Dakota, we will be ready for our participates at the Fort Seward Park in Jamestown, ND on registration day on Sunday, June 23rd, 2:30 pm. See Ya Then!

March 04, 2013 - Don't forget! March 31, 2013 is the final day to get the group discount for the 3 or more people registering with same order online or postmark by snail mail. Be sure to register in time for that 10% discount!

Hurry and Register! The 10% Group Discount for 3 or more registering in same online order or snail mail envelope postmarked by March 31st...This discount offer ends this Sunday March 31st!

So far it has been a snowy winter for us in central and eastern ND. It's sometimes hard to schedule meetings and get enough board members to attend because of the weather. But we have been doing it and getting a lot of details worked out.

The next news will probably be on the Quilt Contest, as the snowy weather has delayed that.

We finally have some good news on the DVD too. Sorry for the delay though. Thank you to everyone who sent photos in January and Feburary, to help with the missing video from wagon families #6 through #11. We are not sure if the camcorder just did not record the video that day, or if the mini-DVD recorded that day just got lost on the trail. We had several people hunting for it a long time, back tracking, inside of vehicles, inside of drawers, boxes, and in many other places, to no avail.

So, we went with what we had and the good pictures we received. This week the final edited version is being burned to DVD and will be shipped out to all those who made a donation to get one. We want to Thank everyone who helped to get this video finally completed.

Dec. 16, 2012 - Good news! Registration for the 2013 wagon train is open.

Sorry our 2012 wagon train DVD is delayed. Some of the footage of the wagon train families turned up missing. And tracking it down has been an ordeal. If we don't find the missing DVD by Christmas, we will order the DVD finished with the video we have. In the meantime, we are hoping for a little Christmas miracle, that the missing camcorder DVD will turn up someplace. Otherwise, we will be shipping them out later in January with what we have. Sorry for this delay, but it's important to us to include all the wagon families...if we can.

Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year!

Nov. 02, 2012 - The board is now in the early planning stages to plan the 2013 wagon train. The name of the event will be: "Two Revers Trail". It will be held June 23rd through 29th. Registrations will be opening soon. Just a few more details to work out for that yet.

Oct. 16, 2012 - The board will be meeting again this month yet, to do more planning for the 2013 wagon train.

Concerning the 2012 DVD, we had some issues/delays with getting the video into our editiors hands, then some more issues with the video itself. Which put a crimp on our editors busy time schedule to be able to work on the 2012 video, all of which is delaying getting the video out. Hopefully it will be completed and sent out late November or early December for your Holiday viewing. Sorry for the delay that these issues caused.

Sept. 24, 2012 - Mark your vacation calendar for 2013, dates are: June 23rd - June 29th! This will be Fort Seward, Inc. ~ 44th Anniversary! The board will be meeting regularly to start planning this event.

2011 wagon train

August 30, 2012 - This is the last month of our fiscal year. Starting in Sept. the board will officially start working on the 2013 wagon train.

July 12, 2012 - What a great bunch of people we had on the wagon train this year. We want to thank all of you for coming! We want to also thank all the people and businesses who helped to make this years wagon train possible. We appreciate the team effort from all who contributed and participated.

June 22, 2012 - Summer is here! And the weathermen are guessing the week of the wagon train the temps will be around 80 degrees. The board and staff have been very busy the last two weeks with all the last minute preps. We are all praying for a fun, safe, and enjoyable adventure ending with a bunch of new friends by the end of the week. If you haven't left for the wagon train yet, don't forget to go through our Handy Packing Check List (.pdf) one more time!

Apr. 7, 2012 - Spring is here! The Snow Geese came extra early this year in early March. The board has been having monthly meeting during our mild winter in Dakota Territory. Our Registrar Mary Ann reported that to date, we have people registered from 16 states and Canada for the 2012 wagon train. Here are the places they are from so far: AL, CA, CO, IA, OH, KY, MA, ME, MN, NC, ND, NE, NY, WA, WI, SC, & CANADA.

Good News! A college credit via the Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville is available to those interested, apply for the course (fees required) and register to come on the wagan train. For more information, or phone him at 608-342-1347.

Dec. 12, 2011 - It's official! Our next covered wagon train will be held June 24th through June 30th, 2012. Title of our next wagon train is "Fullerton Legacy Trail".

Attention Quilt Contest Entrants, you should have your quilt blocks in the mail by Dec. 15th to be in the contest.

Oct. 30, 2011 - Lucky for the farmers in our area, we are having a late fall, leaves on the trees are still in the process of falling. This in the past, happens often in late Sept. for those in North Dakota, with trees usually bare in late October.

Congrats to former Ft. Seward President Chistina Pikula and her hubby Trevor. They are pround parents to twin girls, Isabella and Brianna. Born August 21, 2011.

The board is checking out events for 2012 wagon train. There is a possibility that the wagon train will be held June 24th through 30th, 2012. Everything is very tenative at the moment though. Email the and ask first, before you apply for any vacation time.

2011 wagon train logo

Aug. 25, 2011 - The board is busy finishing up the details/books for the 2011 fiscal year. The 2011 wagon train DVD is completed and after board reviews/approval of it, the video should be shipped out later in September. Please visit our wagon train store if you have not already made a donation to get a copy for yourself.

July 4, 2011 - Happy Independance Day! We hope you spent this special day enjoying the company of family and friends. The wagon train started out to be a wet one, which was not so easy for either the staff or the participants, as both wagons and support vehicles had gotten stuck in the mud. But, it certainly gave all of us a taste of what it was like for the pioneers. The the last half of the wagon train finished up with nice warm days and so much more fun to enjoy each others company. What a nice bunch of people to travel with this year!

June 15, 2011 - It's been rainy this month. But the board and staff are taking every spare minute they have to do the final preps for this years wagon train. We are getting excited, and hoping for a little more sunshine next week, then what we have had so far this month.

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS - The University of Wisconsin is offering 1 college credit while going on the 2011 Fort Seward, Inc. Wagon Train. ( Note: Regular registration fees will also still be required by the wagon train to be on the wagon train.) Please Note: Link was not provided to us yet.

January 23, 2011 - The annual Quilt contest was held this month during a board meeting. We want to thank all of you who submitted an entry, the thought and quality put into each entry made judging very difficult!

2010 Quilt Contest Winners:
1st Place: Pearl Hoffman (Midwest Barn)
2nd Place: Grace Gruver (Wagon with Boy & Girl)
3rd Place: Randy & Jill Fischer (Teddy Roosevelt)
Honorable Mention: Jessica Bolts

Later on we will post photos of the quilt blocks in the Quilt section of our website.

January 1, 2011 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our new online shopping cart is just about ready to take online donations and Registrations, and our Registration forms are going to print for their mailing. The Fort Seward Board is getting excited about the 2011 wagon train! YIPPY!!

To add more excitement, at the next board meeting the 2010 Quilt Block Judging Contest will be taking place. We hope all 2010 participants who planned to enter, have their contest entries sent in.

December 30, 2010 - We hope you all had a Great Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends!

Sorry for the delay on getting our registrations open for 2011. Our Wagon Train Registrar needed some time off to help her mother deal with health issues and passing. So, we did not want to burden her with December wagon train registrations. She and her family have our support and sincere sympathy.

However, planning continues for the 2011 wagon train and we hope to open registrations soon in January. Watch for our announcements.

October 18, 2010 - Mark your calendar, dates are set for the 2011 wagon train. Dates are: June 19th through the 25th, and the titles of this wagon train will be "Woodworth Heritage Trail. I was told there will be no increase in fees, so if you look at the fees page you can start saving for this event. Registration is not open for the event yet.

After the board reviewed, DVD's of the 2010 wagon train have been ordered to make copies and will be sent out soon.

North Dakotas Channel 6 FoxNews video clips are on
A little over 3 minutes long each, scenes from 2010 wagon train.
Please use the following links to view:
Part One
Part Two

September 18, 2010 - Summer is not even over yet and North Dakota had a little snow yesterday already! Burrrrrr!! The board just had the final meeting to close out the books for the 2010 wagon train. The next meeting will be to start planning the 2011 wagon train.

The 2010 wagon train DVD video is also completed and currently being reviewed by the board. Once approved, copies will be made and sent out to those who made donations for them. If you want a copy yourself, please order from our Novelty Page.

2010 wagon train

August 28, 2010 - The board has been busy closing out the books for the 2010 Fiscal year. After that they take a little brake, as some are farmers and busy dealing with harvest. Then planning will start on 2011 wagon train in later September. We hope to announce a date by November. Often times a wait is necessary as we have to wait for other community type boards to meet and get back to us, should they want to welcome our annual wagon train as part of their event.

July 19, 2010 - A big THANK YOU! to the participants, staff, landowers, businesses, area public and private services, and individuals who all helped to make our 2010 wagon train possible and successful. We appreciate all of you!!

For those who want to know about the airing of our wagon train on FoxNews, our board President sent this message: "...Tune in to the Fargo Fox 9pm news on Tuesday and Wednesday..." This is on July 20th and 21st. So, this looks like our Local FoxNews, rather then National FoxNews. Fargo, ND is Central Time. I hope some of you can get see it.

June 29, 2010 - The wagon train is going down the trail on schedule. This is a great bunch of people that I expect most will feel like a wagon train family by the end of the week. Always nice to have a great group of people like this!

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS - The University of Wisconsin is offering 1 college credit while going on the 2010 Fort Seward, Inc. Wagon Train. ( Note: Regular registration fees will also still be required by the wagon train to be on the wagon train.) Click Here for details and requirements of the college.

June 21, 2010 - We have officially close registrations to our 2010 wagon train. We are getting excited around here, and looking forward to seeing all you folks who registered, on June 27th, and enjoying a week out on the trail with you. Have a safe enjoyable trip to North Dakota!

June 18, 2010 - Wow, it's almost wagon train time already! The Trail Trackers have the trail tracked for the 2010 Remember When Trail. The board members are "busy beavers" making all the necessary last minute preps.

The weather has been a little wet so far in June, so do not forget to bring along your rain gear, and make sure your tent is water proof, set it up and check it with a garden hose. Hopefully we will have mostly sunny days, but Mother Nature does not always cooperate! Don't forget to bring your camera...and don't forget to print out a copy of our Handy Packing Check List (.pdf)

We are praying for your safe journey to Jamestown, ND, and looking forward to sharing our annual family adventure with those of you that registered this year.

May 6, 2010 - Here in ND we have had a taste of spring, and now parts of ND is having a snow storm today. But the board continues to make arrangements for the 2010 wagon train.

Thank you to Eileen Divine Meyer, for your efforts to help make it possible to obtain a college credit from the University of Wisconsin, while going on the 2010 wagon train, if requirements are met. Check it out! Click Here for details and requirements.

April 4, 2010 - Thank you to those who took advantage of the 10% group discount, which ended on March 31st. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in June. It's still not to late to register at our regular rates, we still have several wagon seats available and can take more riders with their own horses.

Jan. 13 , 2010 - Sorry for the delay of opening our registrations. This winter has been a rougher one, so we have had to postpone some of our meetings to later dates because of stormy weather and bad roads.

But...Our brochures were finally mailed out, and we can now accept registrations for the 2010 wagon train! So, please sign up, and take advantage of our early discount rates good to March 31st if 3 or more people register together at the same time. .

Nov. 12 , 2009 - From the Board and Volunteers, we hope you have a Blessed Thankgiving with your family and friends.

Registrations are not open yet for the 2010 wagon train, but the board members have been busy planning it! Title for the next wagon train is: "2010 Remember When Trail". And you can mark your calendar for this event: June 27th - July 3rd, 2010. Goal is to have the wagon train travel from Jamestown, ND to Wimbledon, ND. Once layout/art matter is turned into and completed from the print shop, Registration will be opened. This maybe in late November or early December.

Deadline is getting closer for the 2009 quilt contest. Make sure you get your project completed before the Holidays nab up your time.

2009 Ruby Legacy Trail

July 8, 2009 - All the wagons and equipment are back in storage, horses are rested in their pastures. The board is getting ready for a couple of meetings to settle up the accounts and other business details to close the fiscal year by Sept. The wagon train DVD is starting to be edited. Are those of you who took quilt blocks working on them?

The wagon train had a great week, even though sometimes it was a little to warm. THANK YOU! to all the staff, particiapants, landowners, individuals, city of Binford, and businesses that helped to make the Ruby Legacy Trail - 40th Anniversary possible! Without all of you working hard together it wouldn't have been a success. We appreciate your efforts!

June 23, 2009 - The wagon train got off to a good start yesterday. And the weather forecast is for a warm week with lots of sunshine.

June 18, 2009 - We are getting some rain today. Some places in North Dakota it is very welcomed. Other places are still very wet, and would like less. But a little rain hasn't stopped the staff from preparing for the annual wagon train. The trail tracking is done, campsites are arranged, KP Charts are ready to post. The horses have been getting shod and wagons are being prepared. Our Head Cook is making the final arrangement for all the food that will be needed by the trail riders next week.

The 40th Anniversary 2009 "Ruby Legacy Trail" will be departing the morning of June 22nd, and traveling in a direction NE of Jamestown, ND. We have been looking forward to another wagon train for a whole year now, AND WE ARE GETTING EXCITED!

Don't forget to use our Handy Packing Check List (.pdf) if you are just starting to pack. We have people coming from 19 states and one country. AZ, CA, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, OH, OR, TX, WA, WI, and Canada. We are really looking forward to meeting everyone and we are hoping/praying our ND weather will give us a nice week to travel in. See ya all coming, soon!

May 30, 2009 - Great weather we are having lately! The board and volunteer staff are taking advantage of these nice weekends to get the final preparations done for our annual wagon train. Actually, we are getting excited, we always look forward to each wagon train and meeting the people who come! Anyway, time is coming close.

Make sure you download and print out our handy packing list, when you start to pack up to come.

Also, those who still have a balance due on their registration fees. The balance due is on June 1st. For those who paid 30% down payment by credit card, our Registrar will be applying the remaining 70% balance due on or shortly after June 1st.

April 15, 2009 - Finally, spring is in the air! Snow banks are melting, snow geese and robins are flying around. Jamestown, ND as well as many other places in North Dakota, are having some flooding issues at the moment, due to all the melting snow. But we are all coping with the water and mud problems the best we can. And soon things should dry up to normal so we can track the trail for the 2009 wagon train.

I haven't gotten the latest state report on those signed up for the wagon train. There is a little computer problem that our Registrar hopes will be fixed soon so she can do the updates report.

February 18, 2009 - To date, we have registrations that have come in from 8 states: IA, IN, MI, NC, OH, OR, WA, WI.

February 9, 2009 - Happy Valentine's Day to all you Wagon Train Lovers out there! That is nice that this special day is on a weekend, it allows a little more time to let those special people in your life, know that they are appreciated. Today the board gave me permission to officially open registrations for the 2009 wagon train! So, go ahead and register, our Registrar is expecting to hear from you. Don't wait to long, Mary Ann said there has been a lot of interest in the 2009 wagon train, the board is expecting available wagon seating to book full like last year.

January 22, 2009 - The Registrar, Mary Ann told me there is still setup being done on some documents to take to the printer. She is hopeful that registrations can be open by the end of the first week in February, if not sooner.

Registrar Mary Ann reported a lot of interest in the 2009 wagon train with inquiries coming in from 34 states and 2 countries. States: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IN, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WA, WI. Countries: Canada & Argentina. So, once registration becomes officially open, register soon to be sure to reserve your wagon seats.

Congratulations to 2009 quilt block winners!:
1st Place: Barbara Glinz
2nd Place: Karen Bonuchi
3rd Place: Kathy Ellis
Honorable Mention: Gloria Jones

We want to Thank each of you that entered the 2009 contest. The entries were beautiful and talently done! It was very hard for the judges to pick the winners from the entries received.

January 10, 2009: Now that the Holidays are over, the board is buckling down to get things lined up to accept Registrations. Printed matter details are almost organized and ready to go to print. I believe the board will be announcing the opening of Registrations for the 2009 wagon train very soon. Perhaps near end of the month.

December, 2008: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you and your family have a Blessed Holiday season.

November 6, 2008: The board has announced the dates for the next wagon train titled "Ruby Legacy Trail", will be held June 21st - 27th, 2009. This will be the 40th Anniversary of Fort Seward, Inc. Registration is currently not open, but will be when paperwork becomes available from the printer. Contact our if you would like an email notice when registrations are open.

2008 Wagon Train Logo

August 22, 2008: The board is still working on finishing up some of the business for 2008 wagon train. Our fiscal year ends on Aug. 31st.

Congratulations to Fort Seward, Inc. President, Christina Martenson, who married Trevor Pikula on August 16th, 2008.

Good news, the 2008 Wagon Train Video DVD was just released and we will be shipping orders out next week. If you haven't ordered one yet. The board is accepting a $25 donation until Aug. 31st to ship a token copy out. After that a $30 donation will be required. Help keep the wagon wheels going and make your donation today...Click Here! P.S. - We also have our new shoulder patches and postcards available for smaller donations.

July 28, 2008: The board and staff want to Thank everyone for helping the 2008 wagon train to be possible and successful. We had a fine bunch of humanity on this years wagon train. Hot days, cool days, and a little rain all added to the pioneer experience too. For the most part this was one great wagon train with a lot of nice people from all over the USA.

The board members are busy taking care of business to close down this fiscal year. Once the business for this years wagon train is finalized they will start their planning committees up for the 2009 wagon train. Hopefully by late Oct. or Nov., the official announcements for 2009 can be made. Check back next month for more news.

June 28, 2008: The board and staff are in a scurry today, lining up all the last minute details for the wagon train. For those family members who are not coming: For emergency only contact of family members you are unable to reach who are on the wagon train. Please use the emergency number posted up above.

June 18, 2008: Registration is officially closed for the 2008 covered wagon train, as all wagon seats and openings for horseback riders have become full.

Board members and staff are really huslting getting together the last minute details for the 2008 wagon train. One more meeting is planned for this coming weekend to finish up the details.

States represented are: CA, CT, FL, GA, HA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI. Probably the most number of states we have ever had represented on any one of our wagon trains at the same time!

Don't forget to pack along a few small items for "Barter Night", so you have something along to do a little old time trad'n with other wagon train participants. Some little handmade crafty type items, shoulder patches, candy, and sovieners from your own state trade well. A couple items is fine, some participants bring more, just for the fun of trad'n.

And be sure to print out a copy of our Handy Packing Check List (.pdf). Our weather the last few weeks has been windy with cool nights and some rain. The last few days it has gotten much warmer. Plan for both cool and warm weather when packing your gear. We have some very good suggestions on what to bring in our Handy Packing Check List (.pdf).

Beading is one of the craft items offered during the Fort Seward wagon train, photo by S. Kluvers

Jan. 23, 2008: Wow! Just as we suspected, our wagon seating for the 2008 wagon train appears to be booked full. But we can still accept more individuals who plan to come with their own saddle horses.

This early in the year there is always a possibility of cancellations, so, if you would like to be on a waiting list, and let the Registrar know what number of people you would like to be placed on the waiting list. She will place you on a waiting list by turn, and will let you know if an opening becomes available for your number of individuals.

Dec. 15, 2007: MERRY CHRISTMAS! and we hope you have a BLESSED NEW YEAR! Website registrations are coming in. Don't delay getting your registrations in, we expect to have the 2008 wagon train all booked up earlier then normal.

Dishwashing is one of the chores during the wagon train, photo by S. Kluvers

Nov. 30, 2007: Registrations are open. A little delay with getting brochures printed, but we hope to get those mailed out sometime in December. We hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Sept 30, 2007: Great news, plans are in the making for the 2008 wagon train. Dates are set for the wagon train to be held June 29th through July 5th, 2008. The wagon train will depart from and return back to Jamestown, North Dakota to help Jamestown celebrate their 125th birthday. Title of this wagon train will be Buffalo City 125th Celebration Trail. Plans are to open registration for this event in October.

Boots Logo by L. Deutscher

Fort Seward, Inc. Pioneer Covered Wagon Train reinactment
Fort Seward, Inc. annual family trail ride Fort Seward, Inc. annual covered wagon train, relive the pioneer spirit Fort Seward, Inc. wagon train


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