New Town, North Dakota Reunion Bay ~ August 12, 1806.Since
dividing on July 3, 1806 on their return journey, (Travelers
Rest present day Missoula, Montana) the explorers had been
separate routes. Captain Lewis and nine men went to pursue a
direct route to the Missouri, then explore Maria's river.
Captain Clark and the rest of the party went a new route to the
Jefferson River, then descended to the Three Forks and then
proceeded with a detachment party to explore the Yellowstone,
while Sergeant Ordway, with nine men, descended the Missouri.
The separated parties were re-united at this bay.
Williston, North Dakota- Fort Union Trading Post National
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.
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