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The Grandest Fort on the Upper Missouri River Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller...more
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Located in the middle of nowhere, straddling the North Dakota-Montana border, the accurately reconstructed trading post is located on the banks of the Missouri River just upstream from its confluence with the Yellowstone River. Built and owned by the American Fur Company, a fur trading...More
We visited in Early Sept on a weekend, unsure of what to expect and were blown away with the whole experience.
For a Fort that has been entirely recreated from sketches on the original site of the fort, they have done an amazing job. Its...More
This site is in exceptionally good condition. Very informative displays without the "cheesy" recreated nonsense many sites have.
The view on the sunny day we were there was spectacular
Well worth a visit!
Wonderfully reconstruction of an important trading post. Probably the top do not miss attraction in the Williston area. Excellent educational presentations and wonderfully helpful and well educated staff who are excited to engage and share stories about the history of the fort and the area.
It probably would have been better to visit this historic trading post during the summer months when more interpretive programs were available, but it was an interesting stop. It is a reconstruction of the original which was torn down to build nearby Fort Buford. There...More
Very interesting history. The post has been reconstructed on the same location as the original. Not all of the buildings have been rebuilt, but their locations are indicated. There are some short films that describe the post and the activities that took place on the...More
Come here on labor day weekend if possible or other times they are having authentic reenactment of the dress and goods of the day. Stand around an open fireplace and drink coffee made from the pot next to the fire while the host regales you...More
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If you can, plan your trip through Fort Union during a weekend rendezvous when "traders, trappers and explorers" congregate to "do business." That's June 14-17. It's the best time to make a deal with the "traders" on... More
If you can, plan your trip through Fort Union during a weekend rendezvous when "traders, trappers and explorers" congregate to "do business." That's June 14-17. It's the best time to make a deal with the "traders" on things such as flintlock guns to birchbark canoes to hides and fabrics.
If history is your thing, about 5 miles is Fort Buford and the Missouri Yellowstone River confluence. Museum, walking trail and cemetery are excellent. Fort Buford has a "colorful" past as you can see from the cemetery.
About 15 miles further is amazing 1920 architecture -- a hand dug 1/4 mile long railroad tunnel. (It's dark, so bring your flashlight.) The tunnel empties in to a joint-use train/car 1/4 mile long lift-bridge from 1930. Called the Fairview Lift Bridge, it is no longer used. It spans the Yellowstone River and has a fenced in catwalk across the bridge deck, complete with benches. It's twin, the Snowden lift bridge is about 15 miles away on the Missouri River.
Other options, depending on when you are traveling are powwows. They are traditional, non-commercial powwows of the Three Affiliated Tribes. They love to have guests and spectators, very welcoming. Will even feed you!