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 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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2020 Digital Indian Arts Showcase

Celebrate Indian Arts Showcase from home!

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2020 Digital Rendezvous

Celebrate Rendezvous at home!

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Explore Our Digital Media Collection

Learn about the history of Fort Union bay watching our park video and discover other park videos here!

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For Kids

Learn about our Jr. Ranger and Jr. Trader programs and find our do at home activities.

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Curriculum Materials from Fort Union

Find park-related lesson plans and activities to use in your home or classroom.

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Plan Your Visit

Get all the information you need to plan your trip to Fort Union Trading Post NHS!

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Fort Union: The Briefest of Overviews

Explore the history of Fort Union Trading Post here!

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Fort Union Association - Park Bookstore

Profits generated by purchases donated to and used for interpretation and educational programming at Fort Union

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Indian Arts Showcase

Experience American Indian history and culture, through music, traditional crafts and lectures by tribal historians and elders.

Canvas tipis in foreground with red roofed bastion in the rear.

2020 Digital Rendezvous

Celebrate Rendezvous at home!

View of active archeological digs.

Unearthing the Past, Discovering Today

How was the fort built and from what materials? Archeologists needed to unearth the answers before the fort could be accurately rebuilt.

Last updated: February 2, 2021

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15550 Highway 1804
Williston, ND 58801


(701) 572-9083

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