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Swift Current - Battleford Trail

The old cart trail between Swift Current and Battleford crossed the highway at this point.

Parts of the trail were used for many years by fur traders, metis hunters, and indians. When the railway reached Swift Current, in 1882, this trail becamed the principal highway linking Battleford with the outside world.

North West Mounted police regularly patrolled the route used by freighter's cart trains, settler's wagons and stage coaches. In 1885, a column of troops under the command of colonel Otter disembarked at Swift Current and marched north to the relief of Battleford, then virtually under siege by rebellious indians.
The trail remained an important route until after the turn of the century.

A Saskatchewan Historic Site.
Department of Natural Resources.
-quoted from monument
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