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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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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.
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
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
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
Fort Union Trading Post is an interesting NPS site that sits directly on the Montana/North Dakota border. There’s a fair amount to see and read about, however it’s in a very remote corner of both states. Unless you’re in the area, I wouldn’t recommend going...More
This site is out of the way and we made a deliberate trip for this. It’s hard to believe this fort once sat on the edge of the Missouri and was a deep water port. The river is now quite a distance away and there’s...More
Fort Union may look small and unimportant but there is so much history that took place at this site that affected the growth of our nation. My family and a few friends attended the Native American Art Show and Pow Wow at the beginning of...More
Out of the way but it is worth the time. Especially interesting for history buffs. There was nothing special going on when we were there. Everyone was cordial and helpful. One ranger in the traders area was dressed in period costume. Said he was getting...More
If you're in Williston and interested in history, this is definitely worth a stop. The fort is a complete reconstruction (only a few of the foundation stones are original) of what was the largest fur trading fort in the Upper Missouri area in the early...More
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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
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 things such as flintlock guns to birchbark canoes to hides and fabrics.
If history is your thing, about 5 miles is Fort Buford and the Missouri Yellowstone River confluence. Museum, walking trail and cemetery are excellent. Fort Buford has a "colorful" past as you can see from the cemetery.
About 15 miles further is amazing 1920 architecture -- a hand dug 1/4 mile long railroad tunnel. (It's dark, so bring your flashlight.) The tunnel empties in to a joint-use train/car 1/4 mile long lift-bridge from 1930. Called the Fairview Lift Bridge, it is no longer used. It spans the Yellowstone River and has a fenced in catwalk across the bridge deck, complete with benches. It's twin, the Snowden lift bridge is about 15 miles away on the Missouri River.
Other options, depending on when you are traveling are powwows. They are traditional, non-commercial powwows of the Three Affiliated Tribes. They love to have guests and spectators, very welcoming. Will even feed you!