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Fort Union Trading Post

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Annual Fort Union Rendezvous - A 19th Century Fur Trade Fair

Located in the middle of nowhere, straddling the North Dakota-Montana border, the accurately... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Avon, Ohio

We were out driving around and come across this places and really loved the history. Lots to look... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
Roselawn, Indiana
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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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15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801-8680
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We were out driving around and come across this places and really loved the history. Lots to look at. But it was super cold out. Dress warm

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Saskheat
Reviewed November 13, 2018

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SPreve
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We spent a few hours here while visiting family in the area. It tells the story of trading posts in the west wonderfully! There are things to see both indoors and outdoors! Loved it!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lorna6750
Reviewed October 19, 2018

The Fort Union Trading Post offers a living history experience, with actors sharing life experiences from 160 years ago. Great for all ages.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank texaschic987
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
Reviewed October 1, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Margaret B
Reviewed September 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FrequentTravelker
Reviewed September 5, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Megan C
August 15, 2018|
Response from Darin J | Reviewed this property |
I would give it at least a couple of hours. I thinks you could give a day to everything in the area.
March 30, 2018|
Response from Beautiful_Badlands | Reviewed this property |
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