In September 1880, when I first arrived in Wadena, the Northern Pacific railroad main line had only been built as far west as Glendive, Mont. This road was the only access to Wadena by rail. It was long before the days of the Great Northern branch through Wadena, or the Northern Pacific branch to Fergus Falls. The public roads were few and not very good, being mostly trails through the woods and across the prairies. The railroad fare from St. Paul to Wadena was about $8. The fare was four cents per mile and the distance via Brainerd was about 200 miles.