Visit an old fur trading post in Northwestern North Dakota.
Fort Union was in operation as a fur trading post from 1828 to 1867. It was the longest-lasting trading post that brought the region's Native American tribes to trade their buffalo, beaver, and bear hides in exchange for other goods such as clothing, cookware, guns, and ammunition. Artists also came to the Fort to document the local tribespeople, wildlife, and landscape of the great plains during its heyday. The fort has been rebuilt to portray what it looked like in the 1850s and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Located in the central part of the fort, you can stop by the Bourgeois House Visitor Center to learn more about the history of Fort Union. Free WiFi is available in the visitor center, but internet and cellular access may be spotty outside while you explore the fort. There are displays with archeological artifacts which were recovered from scientists who dug near this fort. Also, at the visitor center, you will see exhibits and videos to help you imagine what it must have been like for the Northern Plains tribes who came for fur trading. If you're a history buff, you will enjoy a visit to this historic site.