Outpost on the Missouri
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
During its thirty-eight years of operation, travelers and famed men passed through Fort Union’s gates. Adventurers, artists, scientists and priests---even princes—made their way up the Missouri to this site. As you enter the Fort, imagine you are a river traveler of the 1830’s, stepping off your steamboat and into one of the busiest and grandest of a network of fur trading outposts.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 47° 59.958′ N, 104° 2.436′ W. Marker is in Williston, North Dakota, in Williams County. Marker is on State Highway
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Buford Historic Site (approx. 2 miles away).
Regarding Outpost on the Missouri. Fort Union Trading Post was established in 1828 by the American Fur Company. It was not a government or military post, but a business, established for the specific purpose of doing business with the northern plains tribes. This trade business continued until 1867 making it the longest lasting American fur trading post.
The fort had visits from various people who became well known during the fur trade period. Names like, George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, John James Audubon and Prince Maximilian. Tribal leaders came from many of the nations that traded here at Fort Union as well. A variety of jobs by skilled workers made up many of the duties done at here.
The people, places and stories are a large part of the make up when looking at Fort Union during its historic period. With the help of local citizens and agencies, the site was acquired by the National Park Service in 1966. After three archaeological projects, reconstruction of the bourgeois house was completed in 1987, followed by the walls and
(Information above is from the National Park Service website)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 23, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.