National Historic Site
Two States: MT,ND
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 Indian 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.
National Historic Site
Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
National Historic Trail
Sixteen States: IA,ID,IL,IN,KS,KY,MO,MT,NE,ND,OH,OR,PA,SD,WA,WV
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is approximately 4,900 miles long, extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River, near present day Astoria, Oregon. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as the preparatory section from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Wood River, Illinois.
National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,VT,WI
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Stand on the shores of lakes & streams from glaciers 10,000 years before. Clear-flowing water, red/gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, open prairies, and distant horizons paint the land. Historic sites along the way tell how America settled and grew as a nation. From North Dakota to New York (and soon Vermont), adventure is never far away.
Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
By The Numbers
- 3 National Parks
- 766,517 Visitors to National Parks
- $63,500,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $66,376,009 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $38,233,201 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- $21,568,553 in Historic Preservation Grants (since 1969) »
- 7 Certified Local Governments »
- 10 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 155 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 13,666 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 2 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 444 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 7 National Historic Landmarks »
- 4 National Natural Landmarks »
- 135 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 927,532 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 395 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 1 Threatened & Endangered Species in National Parks »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans »
- 4 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2018.