Phillip “Bud” Bisnett shares his knowledge of the Old North Trail. He speculates about its existence, location, and use by North American indigenous peoples as a travois trail. Bisnett describes growing up in Dupuyer, Montana, and how he discovered the trail for himself as a kid, near his family ranch at the base of the mountains. He discusses the Blackfeet tribe’s use of the trail for transporting people and goods before their land was taken by the U.S. government and they were forced onto a reservation. Bisnett speculates that the trail may have been used by the Flathead and Shoshone people during the time of Lewis and Clark. He also recalls discovering a cairn built along one of two large springs where native artifacts have been discovered in concentration.
Indian trails; Blackfeet tribe; Teepee rings; Flathead tribe; Shoshone tribe; Cairns; Stone sculptures; Plains Indians; Old North Trail, Montana; North-South Trail, Montana; Augusta, Montana; Choteau, Montana; Dupuyer, Montana; Sheep Creek; Birch Creek; Travois; Dog travois; Horse travois; Bering Land Bridge; Native American artifacts; Archaeology; Prehistoric Peoples of North American; Sheepherders’ monuments
Old North Trail Oral History Project, OH 167, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)
Bisnett, Phillip, "Phillip "Bud" Bisnett Interview, September 20, 1986" (1986). Old North Trail Oral History Project. 2.