• View of Fort Union Trading Post NHS from Bodmer Overlook

    Fort Union Trading Post

    National Historic Site MT,ND


Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site was created on June 20, 1966, to commemorate the significant role played by Fort Union as a fur trading post on the Upper Missouri River. As a National Historic Site and unit of the National Park Service, Fort Union shares the Park Service mission as well as its historic significance.

National Park Service Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Fort Union Trading Post's Historic Significance

Fort Union was the most important fur trading post on the upper Missouri, 1828-1867. Here Native American tribes-Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet and Hidatsa-traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, kettles and cloth. Fort Union was a center of economic and social exchange between Euro-Americans and the Plains Tribes.

Superintendent's Compendium

Did You Know?

George Catlin - Fort Union, Mouth of the Yellowstone River, 2000 Miles above St. Louis.

During George Catlin's trip up the Missouri River in 1832 he visited Fort Union Trading Post and the Knife River Indian Villages. On this trip he put to pen the idea which became the inspiration for the National Park System.