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

The Superintendent's Compendium lists the special designations, closures, public use limits, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the Superintendent.
In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service (NPS), within the boundaries of Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Last updated: December 9, 2017

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