Fort Union Trading Post, Williston

A trip to Fort Union takes you back in time to the mid-19th century, the heyday of Fort Union and the fur trade on the Upper Missouri river.

Tour the partially reconstructed fort and walk where many famous folk from several countries and cultures walked, folk such as Kenneth McKenzie, Alexander & Natawista Culbertson, Father Pierre DeSmet, Sitting Bull, Karl Bodmer, and Jim Bridger.

Fort Union Trading Post was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri from 1828 to 1867. At this post, the Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet, Hidatsa, and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, cookware, and cloth.

Today, the reconstructed Fort Union represents a unique era in American history, a brief period when two different civilizations found common ground and mutual benefit through commercial exchange and cultural acceptance.

Fort Union Trading Post is open daily year around with the visitors center located in the Bourgeois House.

Activities available at the fort include:

-Self guided map of reconstructed fort to explore site

-Bourgeois House/visitor center, museum, bookstore, film

-Reconstructed Trade House, living history programs in summer

-Junior Trader program for kids

-Bodmer Overlook hiking trail (open seasonaly)
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  • That was amazing to see and visit. Lots of things to do and see at the trading post. The kids loved it and all the walking paths. People who worked there were very pleasant and very versed about the a...  more »
  • Located in the middle of nowhere, straddling the North Dakota-Montana border, the accurately reconstructed trading post is located on the banks of the Missouri River just upstream from its confluence ...  more »
  • It was very nice, the lady working was very informative. They had great artifacts and a cool collection of furs that you could spread out and feel. Unfortunately my phone died and this was the only picture I got.
  • Great place and surprised it's open to the winter traveler. Will have to go again for the open season.

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