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Fort Buford State Historic Site

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Address: 15349 39th Ln NW, Williston, ND 58801-8677
Phone Number: (701) 572-9034
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Great History

Very historic spot. History is well told. Lots of neat touches, such as the bugle calls. If you know Western history, you will enjoy this site.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kellogg, Idaho
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Kellogg, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very historic spot. History is well told. Lots of neat touches, such as the bugle calls. If you know Western history, you will enjoy this site.

Thank papa4two
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought there would be more there. Had to travel a distance to find 3 buildings. No one was around to even let us know what was there. Very small location.

Thank janelle h
Oxford, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The flip side to Fort Union - based on the military rather than commerce. Loved choosing the bugle calls from the display. And you can stand where Sitting Bull surrendered

Thank headingtonroadrunner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By itself, unless you are a historian, Fort Buford is a two star to a three star visit. But given its close proximity to Fort Union (less than two miles) and the Confluence Center (just two blocks away), a combined visit becomes a triptych of 20th century history indulgence.

Thank Raymond N
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

We weren't sure to go when we arrived at the fort. We went to the main house which was where the staff were. We got a guided tour and the young man was very good. The fort has a a lot of history and worth the stop.

Thank StringsMama
Claremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Not much is left of the original buildings but is full of history. The staff was well versed in the history and other local/time period information. Close to fort Union and Yellowstone confluence and easy to view. Can't imagine being there in 1870's or arriving via paddle boat.

Thank Michael A
Westchester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Site where Sitting Bull was said to have surrendered to federal troops back in 1881.Originally built to protect river and overland routes used by immigrants. Helpful staff and interesting displays.

Thank 44statesandcounting
Duncannon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Upon entering you will see a no smoking sign with N ashtray and alongside a spittoon. Kind of neat for the history buff. Anyway as you walk through the site you will see the old buildings ans sites that once housed the troops and officers. A cannon still stays to protect the fort. Nice picnic area and the site offers... More 

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Hartford, South Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Not a whole lot here to see. The guides were pretty good, the exhibits interesting. You can get a combo ticket for this and the Confluence Interpretive Center, so worth it to do both.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Considering the significant history associated with Fort Buford (including Sitting Bull's surrender) we were surprised that it wasn't a national historic site. Happily, North Dakota does a tremendous job with its state historic sites, much better than other states. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, particularly because there were two interpreters on hand to give us tours and provide terrific information.... More 

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