TO FORT UNION TRADING POST
NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Photos: ND Tourism Department
April 1805, the captains noted in this
area where the Yellowstone River joins the Missouri would be an excellent
spot for a trading post. In 1829, Fort Union was constructed near
the confluence of rivers and quickly became the top fur-trading post on
the upper river. The fort has been reconstructed, and the once
-elegant Bourgeois House is now a visitor center.
|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.
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 bastions in 1989 and finishing
the trade house in 1991.
Fort Union was built specifically for the
Assiniboine tribe at their request. The land that Fort
Union sat on was Assiniboine territory and the
Assiniboine people looked on Fort Union with
protective eyes, helping keep it safe from the
occasional hostilities that would erupt with other
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