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Fort Union Trading Post

Closes in 9 min: 09:00 - 17:30
Open today: 09:00 - 17:30
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Living history

The Fort Union Trading Post offers a living history experience, with actors sharing life... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Grand Prairie
Authentic reconstruction

Wonderfully reconstruction of an important trading post. Probably the top do not miss attraction... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Grand Marais, Minnesota
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“fur trade”(16 reviews)
“trading post”(36 reviews)
“missouri river”(20 reviews)
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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15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801-8680
+1 701-572-9083
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Fort Union Trading Post offers a living history experience, with actors sharing life experiences from 160 years ago. Great for all ages.

Thank texaschic987
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank Mr_PeteBurnsville
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank FrequentTravelker
Reviewed 5 September 2018

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

2  Thank sm6jessem
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

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

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

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

Thank SueK3
Reviewed 13 August 2018

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

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 8 August 2018

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

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 30 July 2018

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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Megan C
15 August 2018|
Response from Darin J | Reviewed this property |
I would give it at least a couple of hours. I thinks you could give a day to everything in the area.
Lindsay J
30 March 2018|
Response from Beautiful_Badlands | Reviewed this property |
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