Fort Union Trading Post

Fort Union Trading Post, Williston: Hours, Address, Fort Union Trading Post Reviews: 4.5/5

Fort Union Trading Post
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.
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Chuck Brooks
Alamogordo, New Mexico648 contributions
Very interesting history.
Sep 2020
Had character enactors that could speak in indian tongues. I wish the visitor center would have been open.
Written October 4, 2020
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krogersku
Johnston, IA473 contributions
Bourgeois House Closed Due to COVID
Aug 2020 • Family
We were able to see Fort Buford, Fort Union, and the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Center in one afternoon. The Bourgeois House was closed so there really isn’t much to see or do in the fort. The gift shop was also closed. The fort and house are recreations of the original structures. The views are great. It does give you a sense of the isolation that must have existed on the prairie in the late 1800s.
Written August 11, 2020
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Brian Krieger
Shelby, OH318 contributions
Unique Historical Site, but Miles from Anywhere
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited Fort Union from Theodore Roosevelt National Park; the fort is a little more than an hour drive from the North Unit and over 2 hours from the South Unit. I think we encountered maybe 10 cars on the entire drive - seriously this place is in the middle of nowhere. That said, the fort itself is impressive to see. It is very large and has a commanding view of the Missouri River. It is a unique place as it was not primarily a military fort, but rather a trading post and meeting place. Interpreters were nice to talk to; Junior Ranger program was good with added gifts for the kids besides just a badge. Disappointed that the Bourgeois House (the main point of interest) was closed due to Covid - there were literally 6 people at the fort. If you happen to be in the area and have extra time, it’s worth a stop; otherwise, I’d stick closer to Bismarck or Teddy Roosevelt NP.
Written July 18, 2020
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Ozziesmallfry
Perth 9 contributions
Interesting day out
Mar 2019
We were looking to fill some time and decided to check this place out, it turned out to be an interesting and fun afternoon. If you’re in the area it’s worth stopping in
Written December 10, 2019
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marylou C
Hermosa Beach, CA39 contributions
Fort of fur traders along the Missouri River
Sep 2019 • Couples
A completely restored trading post that depicts how the American Fur Company successfully coexisted with Assiniboine Cree, Ojibway and other tribes of upper western ND. Trading benefitted both the Company and the Native Peoples of this region. Very beautiful location but it is a bit off the path.
Written October 7, 2019
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Dianna P
Independence, Missouri517 contributions
Very Neat!
Sep 2019
I am glad we were able to make it up to Northern North Dakota to see this Trading Post. The lady who worked there was really nice
Written September 23, 2019
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Emilie K
Tualatin, OR97 contributions
Fur Trade and Western Expansion history here
Jul 2019
Great historical location. So glad it has been saved and set up as a national monument. It was staffed by a history teacher when we were there. Lots of good information and displays. nice book store too.
Written September 22, 2019
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rdpine
Marietta, GA435 contributions
Interesting place!
Sep 2019 • Couples
A great reproduction of this historic trading post. Interesting small museum on site. Ranger on duty was very helpful and informative. Worth a visit.
Written September 12, 2019
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M J
Austin, TX7,120 contributions
Worth a 30 minute stop. 4 miles from Fort Buford.
Aug 2019
My husband, a friend and I self-toured the trading post. The trading post is located on the border of North Dakota and Montana. The fort structure and some parking is in North Dakota. RV parking and nice picnic area is located in Montana. There was a small museum, friendly staff and nice restrooms. There was an extremely tall fence around the square fort. We were allowed to take stairs and look over the fence. There was a nice view. The black smith shop was very interesting. We toured the fort for 30 minutes then had a picnic lunch there as well. The trading post is free to tour. Fort Buford is only 4 miles from Fort Union Trading Post. I recommend both.
Written September 11, 2019
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charisma2015
Wantage, NJ257 contributions
Interesting Fort
Aug 2019
Interesting to learn more about fur trading and see this major trading post. I think one of the most amazing things was to see how the Missouri River moved over time. It is now not next to the fort. The fort was re-constructed and pretty elaborate given the time period.
Written September 1, 2019
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  • Fort Union Trading Post is open:
    • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM