• View of Fort Union Trading Post NHS from Bodmer Overlook

    Fort Union Trading Post

    National Historic Site MT,ND

Nature & Science

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Nature & Science
Overview

Situated along the Missouri River, the park straddles the Montana/North Dakota state line. At an elevation of 1,900 feet, the park is located on the southern edge of the glaciated subsection of the vast Missouri Plateau. This area, a segment of the Badlands Vegetation Zone, includes mixed-grass prairie, coulees, deciduous groves, and river bottoms that encompass mixed grasses, riparian, and Rocky Mountain plant species. The present vegetation is a mixture of native plant communities and remnant or invasive exotics.

Did You Know?

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Northern Plains tribes made up the entire bulk of trade at Fort Union. Camps usually came in the spring to trade buffalo robes and furs for trade goods. This trade did continue throughout the year even though spring was considered trade season.