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Fort Union Trading Post

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Address: 15550 Highway 1804, Williston, ND 58801-8680
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+1 701-572-9083
09:00 - 17:30
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The Grandest Fort on the Upper Missouri River

Between 1828 and 1867, Fort...

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.

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Fort Union

A short 20 minute drive from Williston, Fort Union is full of history as well as scenic and pictorial. Take a drive, spend a few hours and utilize the very able and friendly park... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Williston, United States
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Williston, United States
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5 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A short 20 minute drive from Williston, Fort Union is full of history as well as scenic and pictorial. Take a drive, spend a few hours and utilize the very able and friendly park service staff!

Thank Dakotaman1951
Wilton, North Dakota
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Go back in time to 1800 to 1830 when the buckskinners have their rendezvous. The history is easily grasped. The bookstore is adequate. The best time to go is during a re-enactment weekend.

Thank fxerider78
Williston, North Dakota
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11 reviews
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We got there the week before they do all the fun stuff but it was still a great experience. I love the area, how things are set up, the looks, the employees are very knowledgeable and nice. I would recommend.

Thank Maggie G
Culbertson, Montana
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121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

As a family we love this site...it changes from time to time. During the summer there are guides who impersonate people from the time period. There are special events during the summer...and don't miss Fort Burford to the east!

Thank 2chipper
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

When I visited here there were no tours that I am aware of, so you get out of this as much as you want to put into it. You just wander the grounds and see some to the different bulidings, but most are off limits for actually going inside, the main builiding is open and is a history center where... More 

Thank Gene S
Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed stopping here for a visit. We were the only visitors at the time we were here. The Ranger was very informative and interesting as he told us about the history of the trading post and how things were. We enjoyed the little museum and displays. Was fun to ring the bell too! We enjoyed the walk down to... More 

Thank Cherie P
Boise, Idaho, United States
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Very interesting from a historical prospective with good signage and a well laid walking path. The exhibits are interesting and give a nice review of the area from the days of Lewis and Clark until now. There appeared to be few visitors but everything was well maintained.

Thank James S
Bonney Lake, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The fort is a distance from Williston and has an interesting history. A few of the buildings are in tact and their Web site suggests that all sites are open to the public but there are apparently exceptions as they refused to let our guys watch the smithy sessions. One of the Rangers was especially informed about the fort's history... More 

Thank Sandra S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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244 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This fort is very well maintained and very nice. Lots of rangers around. Junior Ranger program was very nice, lots of interactive things to do. Go into the Bourgoise House first for information then tour the rest of the fort. Some reinactors were there even during the week. If you are traveling west on Montana 327 and you see a... More 

Thank janelle h
Oxford, England
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

We arrived early and another NPS gem. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff who, on a quiet morning, shared their extensive knowledge of the site - and its wider context - and were able to bring in references to the quality of Sheffield steel for their English visitors! Also very informative on recommended reading on the site and the fur trade.

Thank headingtonroadrunner

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