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“Go to the Fort - Talk to the Staff”

Fort Union Trading Post
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Williston
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 16, 2017

My family stopped here on their way from Williston down to Teddy Roosevelt National Park. This small recreated fort is a really interesting and unique piece of American history - from being owned by John Jacob Astor to the fact that it was a fort that never housed troops or took part in a war. But it's not the recreated buildings that make this place neat - it's the staff. This place is run by the National Park Service, and it must be considered one of the "backwater" type places for the rangers. But I spoke for more than half an hour to one ranger who had been there for 18 years and he made the place come alive in a way that no video or picture or display or wikipedia article could. The treasure, the value of this place is the people who have put their hands to the plow and researched this place and have worked hard to accurately restore this little slice of early American history.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Take a step back and enjoy a day filled with history! Something for everyone to enjoy. Our children loved every second of their visit!

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Reviewed July 22, 2017

Well worth the trip, it is an interesting place to visit.
As we entered we were greeted by a frontiersman, a ranger dressed in period costume, that stayed in character during our entire conversation. Telling us how his ship arrived, the length of his trip and what was on it. Very, very interesting, and he did a great job of doing it. He explained how trading worked with the Indians and the trappers, farmers and ranchers. Most of which we have had a classroom overview many years ago but nothing in depth.
The Visitor Center ranger was a local guy, a school teacher, that was really into the history of Fort Union and that era. He was a wealth of information. The restoration is based on both plans that have been recovered and what remains of the original fort.
It is well done and worth your time.

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

Going to a Fort that was used in the fur trade and having the staff share the knowledge of how the fort actually ran way back in it's day was terrific. The fort is located on the Montana/North Dakota boarder so we can step back and forth. The firing of the cannon was a hi-light.

1  Thank TrevorD628
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Reviewed July 15, 2017

We spent about an hour looking around this place, and listening to the rangers explain the history of the spot.
It was very interesting and the rangers were all very helpful/informative. There is a small museum and gift shop, as well as a few picnic tables under the trees.

1  Thank NLBarry82
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