In 1999, a group of Drayton-area residents joined together to form a historical society for the geographical area encompassing Kittson and Marshall Counties, Minnesota and Pembina and Walsh Counties, North Dakota. The Society's first organizational meeting was held November 4, 1999 in rural Drayton. Several additional meetings were held during winter and spring 2000 and the group was incorporated as Ox Cart Trails Historical Society May 30, 2000. The society draws its name from the ox carts that plied the prairie in the early- to mid-19th century, and which trails embraced the Red River Valley.
Our purpose is to bring together people interested in the history of northeastern ND and northwestern MN and to promote public education by the discovery, collection, restoration and/or preservation of historical sites, records, articles, and artifacts and the study of history.