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Near Williston in Williams County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Prairie

 
 
The Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
1. The Prairie Marker
Inscription.  Overland travelers usually departed from the back gate, which was located just behind where you are now standing. This was the take-off point to the wilderness, trails and gold fields beyond. The vast prairie lay before them.
In summer, Indian encampments could be seen nearby. Tepees dotted the landscape and smoke curled from cooking fires.
Years after Fort Union ceased operations, the prairie gave way to railroads, hay fields and farming. Today, the native grasses have been restored through a restoration program.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesNatural Features.
 
Location. 47° 59.993′ N, 104° 2.431′ W. Marker is near Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker can be reached from Mondak Backroad 1 near 143rd Avenue Northwest (North Dakota Route 1804). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15550 North Dakota 1804, Williston ND 58801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
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marker. Outpost on the Missouri (within shouting distance of this marker); Dwelling Range (within shouting distance of this marker); Bourgeois House (within shouting distance of this marker); Store Range (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Front Gate (about 400 feet away); Riverboat Landing (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark Trail (about 700 feet away); Gravel Pits (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the outside grounds of Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.
 
The Prairie and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
2. The Prairie and Marker
The Prairie and Fort Union image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2019
3. The Prairie and Fort Union
The marker is to the left of the fort and orange fencing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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