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2. The Yellow Quill Trail taken from "Melita's Tails and Trails" with kind permission — K. H. Williams

This trail which was originally an Indian trail and later used by the fur traders and buffalo hunters from the Red River Settlement, was also used by many settlers coming into this area. There also is evidence that some of the early explorers used this trail on the journeys to the Mandan Indians on the Missouri River.

In certain places where the original prairie still remains, parts of this trail may be seen. In this area on the W/215-3-27 on land formerly owned by Mr. Niel Me Lure, where the trail crosses the deep ravine which leads to the river, the trail is clearly visible through the ravine and over the hilltop, running in a north-easterly-southwesterly direction. Also on the old R. M. Graham farm, NW 36-3-26. about a quar¬ter of a mile south east of where the first Melita Post Office was established, the trail crosses the creek and the eastern hillside towards where the J. H. Kenner and Alf Cochlan houses stood, and from there to¬wards where the water tower now stands in Melita. This trail from what is now the north western part of North Dakota followed the South Antler and North Antler creeks north easterly and along the western and northern sides of the Souris River, along the hilltops just along the edge of the plain, to near where the town of Souris now stands and then towards Grand Valley which was the original settlement near Brandon. The trail remained on the south side of the Assiniboine River to Portage la Prairie and to Headingly where it crossed the river and on to the Red River Settlement and Fort Garry.