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“Interesting and Worth the Visit”

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 29, 2017 via mobile

It's s bit out of the way for some but it's worth the visit. Unfortunately, the fort has been rebuilt to its original style and layout but it's very original looking and has been duplicated quite well. When it was ordered to be dismantled the wood was used at nearby Fort Buford. It was the most important trading site in its day and located right in the Missouri River. The riverbed had since moved mostly due to an ice freeze which when finally broke free change the course of the flow. There is a very knowledgeable park ranger onsite.

3  Thank MrsPickle
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

We were looking for "one more thing to do" while in North Dakota. We had taken the train to Williston and were on our way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We were on a northwestern road trip which included many Lewis & Clark sites.

We found Fort Union to be different and interesting. First, we learned that the site was a few miles from the "original" site, because the Missouri River had changed course, and the actual site was thought to be somewhere underwriter. Also, when the Fort was abandoned, much of the building material was recycled into nearby Fort Buford. So what is currently there is a "recreation".

However, it is a very good one. As others have said, the staff was very knowledgeable, and there were good explanatory signs. I don't think I had ever seen a trading post before; most of the "forts" we see are strictly military. There is a small but good museum on the fur trade. We spent about an hour there, maybe a little more (we read every sign!)

2  Thank NTXTravelBug60
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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

If you are traveling in the area this is a neat place to check the out. Learn about the history of the area, as well as the old way of life. They put on some awesome events.

1  Thank cranderson02
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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.

1  Thank kedalion1
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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!

1  Thank Thedakotakid
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